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28 May 2022

See Her Elected helping prepare women in rural Ireland for Local Elections 2024

See Her Elected helping prepare women in rural Ireland for Local Elections 2024

Dr Michelle Maher, Project Manager with See Her Elected, Kathleen O’Meara from O’Meara Consulting and Mairead O’Shea, Communications Manager with See Her Elected

If you are planning on running in the 2024 Local Elections or want to find out more about what is involved, then a free online revision course from See Her Elected aimed at women in rural Ireland will help equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.

The revision workshop takes place online on Saturday, April 9 from 9.30-12.30pm and is free of charge to women from all over rural Ireland by simply emailing info@seeherelected.ie  to register. 

Project Manager with See Her Elected, Dr Michelle Maher explained that this is a great opportunity to catch up on the Foundation Series of workshops and advance to the Strategy workshops in the Autumn.

“If you are getting real about the 2024 local elections, this revision workshop offers a high level of very practical support to women in monthly workshops with See Her Elected.

“We are running two series of workshops to go with our recently published book ‘The See Her Elected Guide to Running in the 2024 Local Elections’, namely the SHE Foundation Series and the SHE Strategy Series. The foundation series began in November 2021 and runs to May 2022. The revision workshop on April 9th is an opportunity to catch-up so that you can join in on the remaining workshops and advance to the strategy workshops in the autumn,” said Dr Maher.

If you can see yourself as a candidate in the 2024 local elections or would like to know a bit more about what is involved in running for election or indeed even if you don’t see yourself as a candidate but would love to be involved in an election campaign to help a woman in your county get elected, then this revision workshop is for you.

“By the end of the morning every women participating will: be clear for themselves and be able to articulate to others, why they are running for election, why they would be a campaign manager or team member; know how to powerfully and clearly state the issues they, or their candidate, is running on; understand what it means to be a County Councillor and the difference women can make; have assessed their own electoral area, with perspective of a candidate or a campaign manager to understand what happened at the last local election, the opportunities and barriers to winning a seat, and beginning to see what a campaign might look like,” explained Dr Maher.

By taking part in this forthcoming revision course on April 9, participants will then be fully up to date to join in the remaining workshops in the SHE Foundation Series of Workshops which are held at 4 different times of the day and on 4 different days of the week.

The remaining workshops in the SHE Foundation Series will be about identifying and taking an action to raise your profile in your local electoral area and about putting your campaign team together. The foundation series of workshops will be repeated in their entirety in the autumn.

Participants who have completed the SHE Foundation Series will be invited to continue their preparation as campaign team members and potential 2024 local election candidates with the strategy series of workshops.

“The strategy series will run from September 2022 until May 2023 meaning that a year out from the local elections women will have all the knowledge and skills in place, have spent two years or more working on their profile and will have well thought out communications, canvassing, campaign and social media strategies underway,” said Dr Maher.

Currently women hold almost 26%, or 244 council seats, while the remainder, 705 are held by men. The 2019 local elections reveal a notable urban-rural divide in the likelihood of women being selected and elected for the council. Women accounted for 35 per cent of candidates contesting for seats in urban areas but just 23 per cent of candidates in more rural areas, according to research by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI).

See Her Elected is a grassroots organisation built on the ethos of women learning and supporting each other with a specific focus on rural Ireland.  SHE is a collaboration between Longford Women’s Link and 5050North West and the programme is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Contact Dr Michelle Maher at info@seeherelected.ie  to find out more and to register to join the FREE and online revision workshop on Saturday, April 9 from 9.30-12.30.

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