Women for Election is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation, set up in Ireland by Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating, with the aim of achieving a balanced participation of women and men in political life.
Since the foundation of the Republic of Ireland only 95 women have ever been elected to it’s parliament and in the 2011 Elections only 15% of those elected were women. The mission of Women for Election is to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics by offering a combination of tailored training and hands on support for women entering political life.
Niamh Gallagher recently visited Brussels to give a presentation on the work they do and was joined on the night by Sinn Fein MEP for Ireland South, Liadh Ni Riada, who herself had been through the EQUIP programme, a three day political campaign school, run by Women for Election. Afterwards I spoke to Liadh ni Riada and Niamh Gallagher about the Women for Election organisation and why they feel so strongly that more women should be encouraged and supported to get involved in politics.