Women For Election http://www.womenforelection.ie Women for Election is a non-partisan organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life. We will inspire and equip women to succeed in politics through offering tailored training and support programmes to women seeking to enter public life. Wed, 16 May 2018 13:06:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Women for Election welcomes Alison Cowzer as new Chairperson http://www.womenforelection.ie/women-for-election-alison-cowzer-chairperson/ http://www.womenforelection.ie/women-for-election-alison-cowzer-chairperson/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 09:49:44 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3995 Alison Cowzer appointed chairperson of Women for Election. Women for Election wishes to extend a warm welcome to our new Chairperson, Alison Cowzer. Alison succeeds Michelle O’Donnell-Keating, one of our co-founders. Alison is a longtime supporter of Women for Election. In her role as Chairperson she will liaise with our CEO Ciairín de Buis in […]

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Alison Cowzer appointed chairperson of Women for Election.

Alison Cowzer, Chairperson of Women for Election

Alison Cowzer, Chairperson of Women for Election

Women for Election wishes to extend a warm welcome to our new Chairperson, Alison Cowzer. Alison succeeds Michelle O’Donnell-Keating, one of our co-founders.

Alison is a longtime supporter of Women for Election. In her role as Chairperson she will liaise with our CEO Ciairín de Buis in promoting the #MoreWomen mission and guiding the organisation.

Ciairín says: “As a longstanding board member of Women for Election and the co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse, Alison brings decades of business and marketing experience to our organisation. We look forward to continuing to work alongside her in encouraging more women to run for election in Ireland.”

Ciairín also extends a thank you to our former Chairperson and Women for Election’s co-founder Michelle O’Donnell-Keating: “Michelle has helped build an amazing organisation which is actively changing the fabric of Irish society. Thanks to her work with Women for Election, Irish politics is on the path towards eventual gender parity. I’m delighted to help continue her work and build on Women for Election’s accomplishments.”

There are now 35 women TDs in Dáil Eireann, a historic high. In the 2016 General Election, 40% of the newly elected women TDs had been through our training programmes. 50% of the 194 women who won seats in the 2014 local elections were also trained on our programmes. As Ireland prepares for next year’s local elections, we are pleased to announce we are taking bookings for upcoming training programmes in Cork and Dublin. Places on the course cost €199, excluding booking fee. Courses previously cost €350 and the significant discount is possible thanks to our successful crowdfunding campaign last year.

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Listen to Women for Election’s latest interview with the Irish Times http://www.womenforelection.ie/listen-women-elections-latest-interview-irish-times/ http://www.womenforelection.ie/listen-women-elections-latest-interview-irish-times/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 08:57:13 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3990 “A strong woman is nothing to be afraid of.” A few weeks ago, Women for Election CEO Ciairín de Buis sat down with Kathy Sheridan in the Irish Times to record the Women’s Podcast. During this episode, they talk about our organisation as well as the status of Irish women in politics. Ciairín and Kathy […]

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“A strong woman is nothing to be afraid of.”

A few weeks ago, Women for Election CEO Ciairín de Buis sat down with Kathy Sheridan in the Irish Times to record the Women’s Podcast. During this episode, they talk about our organisation as well as the status of Irish women in politics. Ciairín and Kathy cover confidence, party politics, and how our courses provide the practical training support you need to run for election. Listen below!

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Cllr Pamela Kearns, Kemi Adenekan & Cllr Carrie Smyth, 2015. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Women for Election opens booking for INSPIRE training courses in Dublin and Cork this June.

After last year’s amazing crowdfunding campaign, Women for Election is pleased to announce we are taking bookings for our first two INSPIRE training programmes of 2018. Thanks to the incredible generosity of those who donated to the crowdfunding campaign, we are able to subsidise the cost of places on INSPIRE. This means INSPIRE now costs €199, excluding booking fee.

We’ll be running our first training day in Dublin on June 9th and in Cork on June 23rd. We will be announcing more INSPIRE training dates in the coming weeks, including Galway and another Dublin event.

Book Dublin here

Book Cork here

What is INSPIRE?

Our INSPIRE programme is a one-day programme. It introduces women interested in politics to political life in Ireland. Throughout the day we will focus on campaigns, communications, and confidence. Experienced experts will demystify politics and show you how ‘getting in’ is something you can accomplish. You will leave the day with the tools and direction to take your next step on your political journey.

On INSPIRE we

  • tackle the confidence barrier and how it affects women in political life.
  • build confidence and resilience.
  • learn from various female elected representatives the challenges they have faced and most importantly, how they have overcome them.
  • explain how campaigns work, outline the different kinds of political campaigns and build awareness of different skills and tools required (e.g. winning at party selection level vs. winning at an election).
  • tell participants how to access the media and what media is appropriate for their campaign.
  • provide an introduction to the basic media tools candidates will need for their campaign (press release, key messages for an interview, sound-bite etc).
  • share the basic rules for message development and interview preparation.

Who can take part?

The INSPIRE programme is open to any women with an interest in politics or public life. It is specifically targeted at women who have an interest in becoming more politically involved – as a campaigner, candidate or campaign manager – and who may consider putting themselves forward for election in the future. We also serve women with leadership potential outside of politics – in business, trade unions, or the community and voluntary sector – that seek to influence politics or may consider politics as a future avenue in their career.

Sound like something you want to take part in? Book today or email hello@womenforelection.ie for more details. We’d love to answer any questions you have.

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Inspire Training Days coming up in Dublin, Cork and Galway http://www.womenforelection.ie/inspire-save-the-date/ Sun, 01 Apr 2018 12:58:53 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3966 Interested in politics? Thinking about taking the next step? Join us on one of our Inspire training days! Update: We are taking bookings for our first training day in Dublin on June 9th and in Cork on June 23rd. Tickets are €199, excluding booking fee. We will be announcing more INSPIRE training dates in the coming weeks, including […]

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Interested in politics? Thinking about taking the next step? Join us on one of our Inspire training days!

Update: We are taking bookings for our first training day in Dublin on June 9th and in Cork on June 23rd. Tickets are €199, excluding booking fee. We will be announcing more INSPIRE training dates in the coming weeks, including Galway and another Dublin event.

Book Dublin here

Book Cork here

We have four dates planned in Dublin, Cork, and Galway.

  • 9th June Dublin
  • 23rd June Cork
  • 22nd September Dublin
  • 20th October Galway

On this intensive one-day programme participants work with national experts to develop skills in campaigns, confidence and communications.

Current and former female politicians will share their personal stories, real life experiences and how they overcame challenges faced.

Each participant will be supported to take the next step on her political journey and become part of changing the face of politics in Ireland.

If you are interested in our training, please email hello@womenforelection.ie to join our mailing list. We will be circulating details of the training shortly!

 

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We’re Hiring a Communications and Events Executive! http://www.womenforelection.ie/were-hiring/ http://www.womenforelection.ie/were-hiring/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:48:09 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3956 We have a great opportunity to be part of a small, dynamic team looking to change the face of politics in Ireland. A key staff member, reporting to the CEO, the Communications and Events Executive will grow and develop the profile of Women For Election and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders and supporters of Women […]

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We have a great opportunity to be part of a small, dynamic team looking to change the face of politics in Ireland.

A key staff member, reporting to the CEO, the Communications and Events Executive will grow and develop the profile of Women For Election and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders and supporters of Women For Election.

Location: Women For Election, 36 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2.
Terms: This is a 12-month appointment, with the possibility of extension. The salary for this position will be in the region of €35,000 per annum.

Responsibilities

Communications

Support and promote the mission of Women For Election, including message development, social media content creation and media outreach

  • Contribute to and implement our communications strategy ensuring direct engagement with our stakeholders and supporters, as well as increasing our profile and growing our circle of supporters
  • Develop and disseminate materials that increase our visibility among stakeholders and supporters, those in political life and the wider public
  • Maintain a strong brand for WFE, including developing content and publications, web presence and social media
  • Build and maintain relationships with our stakeholders as well as across print and broadcast and online media

Training and Events

  • Plan and implement a programme of activity for WFE stakeholders and women interested in engaging in public life (e.g. potential election candidates or campaign managers)
  • Implement a training programme, including promotion and recruitment, that builds and strengthens the pipeline of women ready for election
  • Strengthen the network of Women For Election Alumni, ensuring networking and peer learning opportunities
  • Develop and manage events to engage members of our Countess Markievicz Circle and the wider Women For Election family

Other

  • Act in accordance with the objectives and ethos of WFE
  • Undertake other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time.

Experience and Knowledge

  • Degree in relevant discipline
  • Five years’ experience in a communications, marketing or journalist role
  • Experience in project management with a proven track record of delivering on objectives within tight budgets
  • Experience of developing and implementing media, advocacy or marketing campaigns
  • Knowledge and understanding of the political system in Ireland

Skills and Special Aptitudes

  • Ability to manage a complex workload and an ability to meet tight and moving deadlines
  • Ambition and an ability to work on own initiative to accomplish tasks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Attention to detail along with strong administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Standard office ICT skills, including social media (particularly facebook, twitter and instagram) as well as the ability to generate graphics, GIFs, video content etc.

Download a full job description

Application

A letter of application along with a full CV and the names of two referees should be sent to:

Ciairín de Buis
CEO
Women For Election
36 Fitzwilliam Place
Dublin 2

or to ciairin@womenforelection.ie

by 17.00, Thursday 19th April

Interviews will be held on 3rd May

Applications should be clearly marked ‘Communications and Events Executive Application’

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Happy International Women’s Day http://www.womenforelection.ie/happy-international-womens-day/ http://www.womenforelection.ie/happy-international-womens-day/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:12:37 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3946 We have a lot to celebrate this International Women’s Day as 2018 represents a historic opportunity to mark social progress towards gender equality and motivate us to achieve full equality. February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. This law gave women of property over the age of 30 the […]

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We have a lot to celebrate this International Women’s Day as 2018 represents a historic opportunity to mark social progress towards gender equality and motivate us to achieve full equality. February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. This law gave women of property over the age of 30 the right to vote for the first time. 1918 also saw the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act which gave this same group of women the right to stand for election, be elected to, sit and vote in the House of Commons. Eleven women stood in the 1918 elections with Countess Markievicz being the only woman elected to parliament. While this was far from full equality in political representation it represented a seismic shift for society and for women.

As International Women’s Day 2018 approaches, it is an opportunity for us to reflect on this centenary and the power of campaigns such as #Votáil100 #MeToo #MoreWomen #TimesUp. These all highlight women’s determination to move past a debate around the benefits of gender equality towards definitive action for change.

The Local Elections of 2019 are just around the corner and a surprise General Election over the coming years cannot be ruled out.  Women for Election want you to ask: “What is my role?” Will I vote? Will I be part of a campaign? Will I run?

We must remember, to achieve change, we must be the change. If we wish to see more women elected to our political structures, then we must be the women who raise our hands and say:

“I will support other competent women” and “I will run!”.

This International Women’s Day, Women for Election worked with Facebook’s in-house creative team for our latest campaign. Over the coming weeks, look out for our Facebook campaign. Meet and chat with Cara, our artificial intelligent candidate, and contact us! We are currently planning our programme of trainings and supports which will be deployed across Ireland over the coming 12 months leading up to the Local Elections 2019 and we want to support you!

Finally, we wish you all a wonderful International Women’s Day 2018 and hope that you find the opportunity to celebrate it alongside other fabulous women!

 

 

 

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Crucial year ahead for women in politics – get ready to run! http://www.womenforelection.ie/crucial-year-ahead-women-politics-get-ready-run/ http://www.womenforelection.ie/crucial-year-ahead-women-politics-get-ready-run/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:20:48 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3885 Speaking at a panel discussion in Dublin this week, Women for Election founder and Board member Niamh Gallagher said 2018 will be a crucial year for resetting the gender balance in Irish politics. She urged women to use the year in which we will mark 100 years of female suffrage, to get ready to run […]

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Speaking at a panel discussion in Dublin this week, Women for Election founder and Board member Niamh Gallagher said 2018 will be a crucial year for resetting the gender balance in Irish politics. She urged women to use the year in which we will mark 100 years of female suffrage, to get ready to run in the 2019 local and European elections.

The Women for Election Christmas event in the Royal Irish Academy, brings together a cross party panel of female politicians to review the political events of the year. Speakers include Mary Lou McDonald, TD; and, Niamh Smyth, TD; and; Cllr Jennifer Whitmore.

Niamh Gallagher said, “A number of important issues affecting women have been to the fore in Irish politics this year. The issue of gender in politics itself has also been the subject of much debate, with our crowdfunding campaign during the summer proving the appetite for women in politics by far exceeding its target and raising almost €60,000. Tonight is an opportunity to hear from women at the heart of Irish politics about these and other topics and events.”

“We have come a long way in the 100 years since women in Ireland gained the right to vote but still women account for just 22% of TDs and only 19 women have ever been appointed to Cabinet. Disappointingly, this year the number of women in the Cabinet was actually diluted by Leo Varadkar upon his appointment as Taoiseach. When you look at the numbers, you are struck by a realisation that really we have not come anywhere close enough to gender equality in Irish politics.”

New CEO appointed 

Niamh Gallagher this evening announced that Women for Election has appointed Ciairín de Buis as its new CEO to lead the organisation in its mission to increase the number of women in politics.

She said, “We are delighted to announce Ciarín de Buis as the new CEO of Women for Election. Ciairín has impressive experience, working with national advocacy and campaigning organisations, most recently as CEO of children’s rights organisation, Start Strong. She has a very strong commitment to equality in society and politics, and she will be a fantastic asset to the organisation as we enter an exciting new phase in our development.

“Women for Election’s focus in the year ahead will be to lay the foundations to change the statistics for women in politics. We want to encourage and prepare female candidates across the political spectrum to run in the 2019 local and European elections.

“Local elections are a vital pipeline to national politics and, as we saw throughout this turbulent year, a General Election is rarely far from the horizon in this Dáil. So our message to women tonight is this: get ready to run.

“We are asking Irish women to make a New Year’s resolution to seriously consider politics, and we are urging everybody to make an effort to encourage women they know to step forward and become a candidate. Women for Election will be there to support those who do,” Niamh Gallagher pledged.

 

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Women for Election wins international gender equality award http://www.womenforelection.ie/women-election-wins-international-gender-equality-award/ http://www.womenforelection.ie/women-election-wins-international-gender-equality-award/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:49:37 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3882 This evening the Irish not-for-profit organisation Women for Election was awarded the 2017 Gender Equality Award at the International Electoral Affairs Symposium and Awards Ceremony in Jordan. The Award was made by the European Centre for Electoral Support and the ICPS (International Centre for Parliamentary Studies). This Award rewards Electoral Management Bodies, Electoral Officials and […]

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This evening the Irish not-for-profit organisation Women for Election was awarded the 2017 Gender Equality Award at the International Electoral Affairs Symposium and Awards Ceremony in Jordan. The Award was made by the European Centre for Electoral Support and the ICPS (International Centre for Parliamentary Studies).

This Award rewards Electoral Management Bodies, Electoral Officials and organisations who encouraged and implemented equal participation rights for women and men to guarantee the proportionality and representativeness of elections. Women for Election was in competition with electoral bodies and organisations from around the world, and shared the award with the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary of Mexico.

Women for Election is a non-partisan organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life. The organisation aims to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics through offering tailored training and support programmes to women seeking to enter public life.

Women for Election offers a tailored training and support programmes to women seeking to enter public life; and provides and facilitates a cross-party network of political women, committed to gender equality in Irish political representation. We believe that a diversity of voices in our politics will lead to more robust decisions, and help create a fairer, more inclusive and dynamic society. To date, almost 1000 women have experienced our training and preparation courses.

Since the foundation of the Irish State in 1918, just 114 women have been elected to the Dail in the Republic of Ireland; our Dáil has never been less than 78% male.

The General Election in February 2016 was an important step towards achieving gender equality in Dáil Éireann. 35 women were elected as Members of the 32nd Dáil, an all- time high, 1 in 5 TDs is now a woman. This is a significant increase on the results of the 2011 General Election when just 25 women were elected to the 31st Dáil. Now, with women making up 22% of the 32nd Dáil Ireland ranks 75th in the world, which is both a cause for celebration and a reminder that we still have work to do.

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Women for Election calls on Taoiseach to consider gender balance in Cabinet http://www.womenforelection.ie/women-election-calls-taoiseach-consider-gender-balance-cabinet/ http://www.womenforelection.ie/women-election-calls-taoiseach-consider-gender-balance-cabinet/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:05:33 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3872 Women for Election has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to consider gender balance when appointing a new Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Chairperson Michelle O’Donnell Keating said Frances Fitzgerald was one of only four female members of Cabinet. Her resignation yesterday reduces that number to just three, pending the appointment of a […]

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Women for Election has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to consider gender balance when appointing a new Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
Chairperson Michelle O’Donnell Keating said Frances Fitzgerald was one of only four female members of Cabinet. Her resignation yesterday reduces that number to just three, pending the appointment of a new Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

O’Donnell Keating said it was very positive to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar acknowledging the importance of women’s representation in Irish politics last weekend, at the National Women’s Council FemFest event.

She urged the Taoiseach to act on this sentiment and ensure the proportion of women in Cabinet is not diminished by his appointments of a new Tánaiste and Minister.

“It is important that women’s voices are at the centre of policy and political decisions. As the quota for selection legislation has shown, working towards gender balance in politics requires concrete action and practical measures to make any advance.

“While the last election improved female representation in the Dáil significantly, we are still a long way from balanced representation. Now is a time to build upon what we have achieved’’ O’Donnell Keating continued.
O’Donnell Keating said that Fine Gael was the lead party in Government that proposed the gender quota for selection legislation and ensured that it was passed by the Oireachtas.

Thirty-five women were elected as Members of the 32nd Dáil, an all- time high. Yet, women still account for just 22 per cent of TDs and 30 per cent of senators.

 

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We’re Hiring! http://www.womenforelection.ie/were-hiring-2/ http://www.womenforelection.ie/were-hiring-2/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:39:44 +0000 http://www.womenforelection.ie/?p=3863 Women for Election is looking for a dynamic, goal focussed CEO to lead our organisation and achieve our mission of increasing the number of women in elected office. 2018 is a critical year for us, with the local and European elections scheduled for May 2019. The role focuses on preparing for the next election cycle […]

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Women for Election is looking for a dynamic, goal focussed CEO to lead our organisation and achieve our mission of increasing the number of women in elected office.

2018 is a critical year for us, with the local and European elections scheduled for May 2019. The role focuses on preparing for the next election cycle by developing and delivering our schedule of events, training programmes, fundraising initiatives and advocacy.

Working closely with the Board, the CEO will build on the success of the 2012-2016 election period, which saw the number of women elected nationally increase from 15% to 22%. She or he will be responsible for the overall management of Women for Election, including implementation of strategy, responsibility for achievement of financial targets, and day-to-day operations. The CEO will also play an active role in supporting the Board to deliver its governance responsibilities.

See here for a full job description.

Join us in changing Irish politics for the better by sending a CV and cover letter to niamh@womenforelection.ie by 5pm on Friday 27th of October.

Interviews will be held the week commencing 13th November.

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