The 2009 Oireachtas Committee on Women in Politics published a foundational report which identified some of the barriers (5 C’s) to women entering and succeeding in politics.
With our experience and connection to a large cohort of women who have engaged in our programmes for almost 10 years we are accumulating significant understanding of the experiences of women who have tried or succeeded in entering political life.
This experience and ongoing engagement is the basis for directing the evidence we have been growing to help shape national policy and strategies to increase the number of women in Irish political life.
More Women – Changing the Face of Politics
Women’s experience of running for election in Ireland.
Dr Fiona Buckley and Dr Lisa Keenan
In 2020 we commissioned Dr Fiona Buckley and Dr Lisa Keenan to conduct qualitative research into the lived experiences of women who had run for election.
Go for it and run, is the main message from the women who were interviewed for this study. Rarely will someone regret running for political office, they advise. However, the 4 r’s of recruitment, resources, resistance and resilience summarise the experiences of the women who were interviewed.
We are actively advocating and building collaborations with key stakeholders to implement change initiatives which are informed by the recommendations from this research.
Review of the 5’C’s report
Working in collaboration with Senator Ivana Bacik who was the rapporteur for the Women in Politics Report in 2009, we have commenced a review of the 5 C’s barriers.
The review is analysing progress and current issues relating to the 5 C’s Culture, Candidate Selection, Cash, Childcare and Confidence while also considering any additional barriers in 2021.
The report will identify current barriers, solutions and key strategic actions which we hope will inform national government policy and stakeholder activity so that together we can strive to achieve 50/50 representation in Irish local and national politics by 2030.
Women for Election Submissions
- 2019 LE2019 Briefing of election results for local government
- 2020 Submission to the Programme for Government 2020
- 2020 Submission to Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality
- 2021 Submission to Houses of the Oireachtas Forum on a Family Friendly and Inclusive Parliament
- 2021 Submission to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage on ‘Family Friendly Local Politics’