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Seminar examines upcoming gender quotas

Thursday, 29th January, 2015 12:00am

A seminar this Friday will look at how the gender quota legislation will be implemented in forthcoming elections.

  Organisers the 5050 Group are a single-issue national advocacy group dedicated to achieving equal representation in Irish politics and the seminar will take place at Cork City Partnership in Knocknaheeny from 10am to 1pm.

Speakers at the seminar will include Dr Colette Finn, Chair 5050 Group Cork; Dr Margaret O'Keeffe from CIT; councillors Marion O'Sullivan, Lil O'Donnell, Mary Rose Desmond and former Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy. They will look at issues facing female candidates at forthcoming selection conventions.

"I think it's really important to take a close look at the local elections as preparations start for the general election. While the local election did result in a small increase in women's representation, this was mainly in urban constituencies," said Norin Clancy, 5050 Group chairperson.

Dr Colette Finn will discuss the ideas around leadership and the politics of presence and she will outline the various barriers to women's representation in Irish politics and the evolving concept of leadership as women take their place at the decision making table.

Dr Margaret O'Keeffe will discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in moving from community activism to electoral politics. The conversation will focus primarily, though not exclusively, regarding the implications of making this transition for women.

This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Places are limited and early registration is advised. For more information email cfinncork@gmail.com or phone 087-6752697.

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