With only 9 women currently elected to Tipperary County Council out of 40 Councillors, Women for Election has launched its new training calendar to help attract and support more women to enter and succeed into local politics in advance of the next local elections in 2024.
The Autumn and Winter Training and Events calendar, has a comprehensive offering both online and in person, which are taking place in various counties across Ireland.
The organisation wants any woman considering running for Local Elections, to get involved. The trainings are aimed for every woman, whether they want to find out more about politics, support a woman to run, explore what it means to run, or re-run for election.
Nationally, women make up only 26% of Councillors and in Tipperary it stands at an even lower 20%.
Most trainings are offered for free and for any training with a cost attached, there are bursaries and concessionary rates available as Women for Election don’t want cost to be a barrier to accessing these trainings.
State funding of €129,000 was allocated to Women for Election earlier this year, in addition, legislation to provide for Councillors to avail of maternity leave is to be implemented before the end of the year.