Ireland: Cork caucus hears calls for gender quotas to be extended to local government elections

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Ireland: Cork caucus hears calls for gender quotas to be extended to local government elections

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Speaking at the event in Cork City Hall, Lord Mayor of Cork Deirdre Forde said 'under-representation of women at all levels of governance and decision-making weakens our democracy'. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Gender quotas should be extended from national elections to the 2024 local government elections to ensure Ireland is in line with other European countries, new research has recommended.

It also found that some female elected members believe local government to be “a boys’ club”, while others spoke of being the target of misogynistic slurs at public council meetings.

Others said they suffered significant abuse and threats while canvassing on doorsteps and through social media, often linked to family and gender circumstances, with the report showing female councillors receiving more ‘personalised’ slurs than male politicians.

Click here to read the full article published by The Irish Examiner on 22 November 2022.

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