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

Following on from 2 Women’s Workshops and the International Women’s Breakfasts, Southside Partnership Training Network will be offering a “Women in Leadership Development Programme” which will be implemented over the next 2 years. In 2012 training has started. The training has a focus and emphasis on Women as Leaders while delivering critical components needed to enhance their employability within the social services and community based sector. Women participating in this training programme will have an opportunity to build their capacity to organise and participate in local organisations.

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

In February 2013 a Women's Manifesto Group was established in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The women involved in this group want to bring women's perspective to local decision-makers. It is not' limited' to women's issues. The group might also bring issues affecting the community to decision-makers and feed back outcomes to the community. Every woman can contribute to a Manifesto Group! The more women involved, the broader the range of perspectives informing the issues and decisions within the group. 

If you are intersted in local issues  get involved!

The Women's Manifesto Project/Model was developed by Longford Women's Link. With the funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the model can now be adapted in other communities across Ireland. The DLR Women's Manifesto Group is supported by Longford Women's Link.

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 Manifesto Group then contact Daniela:


Daniela Naab
Southside Partnership
7 Rock Hill
Main Street
Co. Dublin

Phone 01 7060100
Email: Daniela Naab



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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