Women’s Council calls for gender quotas for local election candidates

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Women’s Council calls for gender quotas for local election candidates

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Gender quotas should be introduced next year for the local elections, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said.

Just 21 per cent of local councillors are women and it would take another 200 years to achieve gender parity at the current rate, NWCI director Orla O’Connor told the Parnell Summer School in Avondale, Co Wicklow.

“That’s a long time to wait for equal representation and we cannot afford to wait that long for equal representation and we cannot afford to wait that long without taking action,” she said.

Click here to read the full article published by Irish Times on 13 August 2018.

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