Move to get more women involved in local politics

A seminar designed to encourage women to get more involved in their communities and politics will be held in Tipperary Town this Saturday.

A seminar designed to encourage women to get more involved in their communities and politics will be held in Tipperary Town this Saturday.

The one day seminar at Ballykisteen Hotel at 11am is hosted by the Labour Party and is entitled ‘Empowering Women : From the Local Community to Europe’

‘Our purpose in hosting the seminar is to urge women to get involved in the local community, participate in the decision-making in their local communities and consider getting involved in electoral politics’, said Katherine Dunne, Labour Women Chair.

In the 2009 local elections in Tipperary South, a total of 58 candidates put themselves forward in the election but only six of the candidates were women. That comes to less than 10% of the total candidates. This resulted in 21 seats being filled by men and only five were filled by women. That resulted in only 19% of women representatives on Tipperary South Council. In Tipperary North out of 21 County Council seats, three are held by women (1.4%). Of the 41 candidates 5 were women at 1.2%.

‘As the Government intends to introduce legislation which obliges political parties to put forward more women candidates, we are now in the lead-in time required to get women interested in politics in order to have a pool of women ready to run once this legislation is in place.’ said Katherine Dunne.

The speakers at the seminar will be MEP Phil Prendergast, Karen Lyons,Labour Party Tipperary Town; Sara Burke, Tipperary Women’s Network and Katherine Dunne.