The launch of the See Her Elected (SHE) project, in conjunction with the 50/50 Northwest and the Longford Women’s Link, took place on Wednesday, May 1, at the Longford County Library.
Keynote speaker at the event was outgoing Midlands Northwest MEP, Marian Harkin, who was there to impart some wisdom to the many election candidates in attendance. Marian was thanked by representatives of Longford Women’s Link (LWL) for coming to the event and for her constant support of LWL throughout her political career.
Tara Farrell deputy CEO of LWL added, “Marian, you have always been so supportive to the work of Longford Women’s Link and the manifesto programme. We still remember very fondly the trip to the European parliament a few years ago, where you very kindly hosted us.
“It has been a very eventful ten years. As well as supporting women to access the local democratic structures in their respective municipal districts, we have also been involved in training programmes for women running in local and general elections over the last ten years.
“In 2014, there were 440 women contesting the local elections. That was about 21-22% of the candidates. As of last Monday, 513 women have officially declared for the local elections in 2019. That is an increase of 16.5%. To borrow a quote we have a lot done, but we have a lot more to do.” she stated.
Assumpta Kelly of 50/50 Northwest commended the work carried out in the lead up to the launch, but warned that there is still more to achieve.
Marian Harkin MEP spoke of her delight at the work carried out by LWL and 50/50 Northwest.
“I am delighted with the Manifesto and the work you have done in encouraging women. It is about the hands-on work of bringing women together, mentoring them and helping them to see that they have the potential and guiding them along that pathway.
“I am therefore absolutely delighted to launch SHE, see her elected, three weeks out from the election.” she said.
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