Gender quotas should be an absolute minimum, not a target

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March 3, 2020

Gender quotas should be an absolute minimum, not a target

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By Ciairín de Buis,

With more than three-quarters of our TDs being men, Ireland once again has one of the least balanced political systems in Europe.

We make up more than half the population, so why are less than a quarter of our elected politicians women?

Cork East, Cork North West, Cork South Central, Cork North Central — not one woman elected to the Dáil.

Social Democrats councillor Holly Cairns of Cork South West was the only woman elected across any of the Cork constituencies.

No woman elected in Limerick — city or county. Dublin West is all men, as is Tipperary and Donegal.

My day job is that I’m the CEO of Women for Election. We train and support women to succeed in politics.

We are non-partisan, so we train and support women across all parties and none, of all political hues across the country.

Click here to read the full article published by Irish Examiner on 11 February 2020.

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