Women for Election has a long held ambition to inspire women and girls to be active leaders from the earliest age. The gendered and other barriers for women entering leadership roles are socialised from a very young age.
We have lots of plans that we are seeking to resource to build dynamic collaborations and help establish a strong culture of visible leadership of girls and women.
Our initial starting point has been to reignite our University women’s leadership programme to help inspire, inform and equip women in all their diversity to enter and succeed in student politics, leadership and representation.
We were delighted that three of the pilot participants were successfully elected to sabbatical roles in both DCU and USI.
Bobbie and Kate were two of our female pilot programme participants who are pictured here following their successful election as Sabbatical Officers to DCU Students Union. Courtesy of DCU Students Union
We are currently working with DCU and other third level providers to scale up this programme.
We are of course dreaming of girls and young women running for election at all life stages and of our local and national governments being fully representative of young women in all their diversity.