Women and Leadership

Women face immense barriers in seeking to reach the top of the career ladder across all areas of public life. This is particularly true for women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Women are underrepresented relative to men in local and regional authorities and the Oireachtas. The report Women and Men in Ireland 2010 published by the CSO in 2010 shows that women are under-represented in decision-making structures at both national and regional levels. In 2010, only 14% of TDs in Dail Eireann were women, while they accounted for just over a third of members of State Boards, less than a fifth of members of local authorities and just over a third of the membership of Vocational Education Committee.

Women in Leadership Development Programme in DLR

Southside Partnership Women's Programme started a Women and Leadership Programme in 2012. Women were invited to discuss the issues that affet their lives. They are very often actively involved in their own communities but are not involved in making decisions. The idea of setting up a Women's Voice group was born. The focus of this group is to develop women's political understanding and to look at engaging with local government processes. This will bring women's perspectives and vioces to the decision making table.

A conference on Women and Leadership in November 2012 and in 2018 looked at our potential as leaders and widened the network of women working to influence decisions made on a local and county level.

If you are intersted in local issues get involved!

To find out more about women4women and the DLR Women and Leadership Programme please listen to the Jasmin Show on Dublin South FM
Women leading the way

If you are interested in exploring women's leadership role and be part of the Women's Voice group then contact Daniela:


Phone 01 7060104
Email: Daniela Naab


Women's Voice DLR

Women's Voice DLR is a group of volunteers, passionate about moving DLR society towards greater gender equality. They are working at developing women's political understanding so that women can engage with local communities and the local government processes in DLR. The aim is to bring women's perspectives and voices to all decision-making spaces in society. ie, lobbying, PPN membership, support implementation of policies on gender equality, events.

Women for Election

Women for Election is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life. Their mission is to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics.

Women for Election offers a tailored training and support programme to women seeking to enter public life; and provides and facilitates a cross-party network of political women, committed to equal representation of women and men in Irish politics. They are driven by their belief that enriching the diversity of voices in our politics will lead to more robust decisions, and help create a fairer, more inclusive and dynamic society, better equipped to tackle future challenges.

Through their tailored programme they aim to:

  • INSPIRE women to consider a career in politics
  • EQUIP women with the tools and techniques necessary to successfully get elected
  • INFORM women of the benefits of becoming more politically active

Women for Election
Floor 2, 13-17 Dawson Street,
Dublin 2

Phone 01 672 8050

Email: inspire@womenforelection.ie


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