Longford Women’s Link (LWL) will hold a national conference on Women in Politics and Decision Making on Monday, November 26th 2012 in the Backstage Theatre, Longford. This is a national Conference which will examine practical ways in which women can better participate in political life.
Speaking at the Conference are representatives of the major political parties who will outline party strategies on womens participation at all levels of political life. With the passing of legislation in July on gender quotas through the Electoral Amendment (Political Funding) Bill 2011, this is the first time that an event has been held nationally to discuss its implications and party reactions to it.
Confirmed speakers for this event include Seán Dorgan, General Secretary of Fianna Fáil, Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party and Fine Gael TD, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor.
Speaking ahead of the event, Louise Lovett CEO of Longford Women’s Link said, “Although women’s representation has steadily increased in Ireland over the last 20 years, women still remain significantly under- represented in all levels of political life. We need more women on decision-making bodies, not just political ones, to ensure balanced representation which reflects the perspective of 100% of our population, not just 50%. This Conference is an opportunity to come together with our decision-makers and look at the future for women in political life in Ireland.”
Other speakers at the Conference include Ailbhe Smyth, former Head of Women’s Studies UCD; Councillor Peggy Nolan, Longford County Council; Councillor Mae Sexton, Longford County Council; Sheila Reilly, Editor, Longford Leader and Dundalk Democrat and Councillor Rose Conway Walsh, Mayo County Council.
This event is part of Longford Women’s Link, ‘Women’s Manifesto Project’ a project which seeks to reconnect grassroots women with local decision-making. This is the second national conference held by Longford Women’s Link on the issue this year.