Women election candidates on the increase

By Esther Hayden

Published 25/08/2015 | 00:00

The percentage of women candidates intending to contest the general election in Wexford is three times higher than that of 2011 according to Women for Election.

The non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation was set up to encourage and train more women into entering public life is running a three day residential political campaign school, EQUIP.

According to Women for Election's Director of Operations and Campaigns Suzanne Collins, female candidates or campaign managers would really benefit from attending EQUIP 2015, which is being run with the support of the Ireland Funds.

'Preparation and planning is the key to any campaign and EQUIP 2015 will provide female candidates, potential candidates and their campaign managers with the training, skills and advice to run their best campaign.

'Women for Election have brought together national and international experts to cover every facet of a campaign from building a team, campaign strategy, media training, social media strategy, advice on how to read polls, pitch stories to local and national media, good campaign governance, fundraising and much more.

'The percentage of women candidates in Wexford is three times higher than in 2011. In 2011, there were only 8 per cent of women candidates in the constituency but this time women already make up 25 per cent of the candidates in Wexford. While there is still a way to go in terms of candidate selection and declaration, this is a very positive trend.

'So far two women have declared their intention to run in Wexford. We are hopeful that more women will come forward, and EQUIP will provide them with all of the know-how and insights they need.'

More information can be found at womenforelection.ie.

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