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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Women for Election is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life.  The organisation’s mission is to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics. Women...
Cáit Keane Senator at the Irish Parliament
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Cáit Keane attended the 133rd Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva. She is a senator in the Irish parliament. Visit her website to know more about her http://www.caitkeane.com/. This interview was conducted at the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Friday, January 08, 2016
Ireland’s Prime Minister, or Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, has recently declared his intentions to constitute a parity government if he is to continue in power after the next elections. In his own words, ‘I would like to think that we could have an...
Friday, January 08, 2016
Political Geographer, Ms. Claire Mc Ging, based at Maynooth University (Ireland) has recently posted an interesting article on how to increase women’s political representation at the London School of Economics webpage. The article comments the...
Helen McEntee
Helen McEntee Member of Parliament, Ireland
Friday, November 07, 2014
Helen McEntee, the youngest female member of parliament in Ireland speaks about the participation of women and youth in politics.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Opinion by Breda O'Brien Ireland is among the 10 lowest-ranked EU countries when it comes to political and economic representation of women. In January, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, we ranked joint 60th in the world when it comes to...
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Women make up just one third of members of State boards and have been "consistently under-represented in economic portfolios," according to a report submitted to Cabinet on gender equality in decision-making roles. It says that the figures have...
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Politics will continue to be an exclusive and largely male pursuit until political parties take a serious look at a more representative system, two female councillors with a strong family background in Fianna Fáil have said. Rachel Doherty, daughter...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Gender quotas have worked to increase the number of women getting elected in politics and should be looked at along with other measures to encourage women to become candidates, Northern Ireland MLA, Anna Lo of the Alliance Party told a Sinn Féin...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Department of Justice has reported to the United Nations that there are too few women in politics and other decision-making roles in Ireland. In a gender equality report submitted to the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, violence against...
Monday, May 19, 2014
SEVEN out of 10 voters believe their local authority would make better decisions if it had more female councillors, a new opinion poll reveals. The survey illustrates a strong desire among the electorate for greater female representation in local...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
This volume looks back at a wealth of women’s peacebuilding practice documented by Accord since 1998. Case studies from Cambodia,  Sierra Leone, northern Uganda, Papua New Guinea–Bougainville, Northern  Ireland, Angola, Sudan, Indonesia–Aceh and ...
Monday, May 05, 2014
Video message by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland and the first female head of state, at the WIP Study Trip to Iceland, hosted by the Parliament of Iceland in Reykjavík, 3-4 April 2014. Video of Video message by Vigdís...
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
In the halls of Leinster House, Constance Markievicz cuts a lonely figure as the only portrait of a female parliamentarian in the entire building. When I pass her portrait, I often think this trailblazing woman would be horrified that the party she...
Friday, March 28, 2014
As the May 23 local and European elections draw nearer, the National Woman's Council of Ireland (NWCI) has formulated six key questions to tease out the ways in which potential candidates are committed to promoting gender equality in political...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Fianna Fáil has conceded it is “disappointed” with the proportion of female candidates it is running in the local and European elections in May. The party’s enterprise spokesman Dara Calleary said today that less than 20 per cent of its candidates...
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Irish society continues to treat women as second-class citizens, according to a report dedicated to creating a more women-friendly Oireachtas. The A Parliament of all Talents: Building a Women-friendly Oireachtas report by the National Women’s...
Saturday, February 01, 2014
POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE been busy over recent weeks and months making selections for the upcoming local elections. Research from Women for Election shows that of the 1278 selections made already by political parties, just 24 per cent are women. Not...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
THE Seanad chamber is always a handy place for a parliamentary photo shoot. For a start, it's a beautiful room, all corniced high ceilings, sparkly chandeliers and plush blue leather seats. Secondly, it's as under-used as a copy of Mao's 'Little Red...
Monday, December 02, 2013
It is time that the percentage of Irish women attaining high levels of education is reflected in decision making roles in politics and business, the head of the EU Commission representation in Ireland told an event held in Dublin tonight. Barbara...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
In Ireland, the rate of female participation in politics is one of the lowest in Europe Just 15 per cent of Dail members are women, which ranks 5th in Europe, according to European Parliament figures collected after the general election in 2011. ...
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The stark gender imbalance in cabinet means many ministers have little direct knowledge of policy issues they are discussing, the Cabinet’s most senior female minister has suggested. Joan Burton said that when issues such as children, care and “all...
Monday, March 11, 2013
President Michael D Higgins said last night that the low level of women in the political world was of serious concern. Speaking at an event at Áras an Uachtaráin to mark International Women's Day, he said: "We must do much more to reform our...
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Michelle Bachelet remarks at lunch Seminar: ‘Women and Political Decision-Making’ hosted by the National Women’s Council of Ireland and the 50/50 Group. Dublin, Ireland. 21 February 2013. (Source: UN Women)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Friday, July 20, 2012
GENDER QUOTAS are set to become law after the Electoral Amendment (Political Funding) Bill 2011 passed all stages in the Dáil yesterday. The legislation, which has yet to be signed by the President, will halve State funding to parties unless 30 per...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Under-representation of women in the Northern Ireland Assembly will be on the agenda during today's debate. Sinn Fein wants a working group set up to address the issue as well as the broader impact of women`s marginalisation within politics. For...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Under-representation of women in the Northern Ireland Assembly will be on the agenda during today’s debate. Sinn Féin wants a working group set up to address the issue as well as the broader impact of women’s marginalisation within politics....
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Having more women in politics should be more than an aspiration – their presence must be backed up by law, a Dáil sub-committee was told yesterday. Former Fine Gael minister for education Gemma Hussey told the Dáil sub-committee on Women’s...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Women from all the main parties are set to join forces next week - to demand an increase in females in the next Assembly. Yet only one in six candidates fighting it out for the 108 seats are women - a marginal drop compared to the last Stormont...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Political parties are going to have to start choosing a lot more female candidates if they want to retain the current €14m a year subsidy from the taxpayer. In what was described by one senior source as "a radical step", the Cabinet has...
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Ireland will hold parliamentary elections February 25th. Ireland has a bicameral Parliament (Oireachtas) consisting of the Senate (Seanad Éireann) with 60 seats and the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann) with 166 seats. At stake in this...
Mary Robinson former President of Ireland (1990-1997) and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
“It intrigues me that women who have achieved high office are much more likely than their male counterparts to admit mistakes they have made or talk about problems they are encountering.” – Mary Robinson iKNOW Politics: You were the first woman...
Saturday, December 01, 2007
This study focuses on the activity of revising constitutions which reflects a changed perception of their importance and purposes. Changes start with constitution-making, whether as a form of negotiation or the consolidation of social victory or...
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) is the national representative organization for women and women’s groups in Ireland. Its purpose is to achieve women’s equality in a society where women and men can participate effectively as citizens...
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics (CAWP) is based in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in Queen's University Belfast. It aims to foster an appreciation of women's contribution to politics, government and...