Irish Seanad (upper house) discusses candidate gender quota proposals:
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to the website of the Centre for Advancement of
Women in Politics (CAWP). Formed in October 2000, we are based
in the School of Politics, International
Studies and Philosophy in Queen's University
Belfast. We aim to foster an appreciation of women's contribution
to politics, government and public decision making in the UK and Ireland.
We consider women's political participation as having two important
dimensions - the proportion of women in decision making and the inclusion
of women's perspectives in government policies and programmes.
An important part of our work is maintaining an observatory
on women's public leadership. Initially, the observatory will give regularly-updated
figures on women in parties, government, parliament and local government
in the UK and Ireland. Later, we hope to extend this observatory to other
important decision making sites.
Our research pages detail various projects
we have led and participated in. Also on our research pages are details
and information on our Visiting Research Fellowships as well as the full
Occasional Paper Series by scholars from across the globe.
In order to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life CAWP
has developed and runs a programme to help develop the leadership potential
of women to become decision-makers in economic, social and political life.
Entitled the 'Next Generation' the programme
runs annually in September/October. More information and application details
can be accessed by clicking on the Next Generation link above.
We invite you to explore our website to find out more about women in
political and public life in Ireland and Britain.