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Archive 2001

23rd November 2001
CAWP director Yvonne Galligan delivered the 12th annual John Whyte Memorial Lecture to a large audience at University College Dublin on 22nd November. The text of her lecture, entitled 'The Politics of Women's Representation in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland', can be read here.

31st October 2001
During the course of the House of Commons debate on the Second Reading of the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Bill on October 24th, North Down MP Lady Hermon offered the following praise for the work of the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics:

'We need a much clearer understanding of the reasons behind the low numbers of women in political life throughout the United Kingdom. I therefore commend to the House the work of the recently established Centre for the Advancement of Women into Politics. I must declare that I sit on a voluntary basis as a member of its advisory board. The centre was launched last month, on 28 September 2001. It is based in the school of politics in Queen's university, Belfast, and aims to foster an appreciation of women's contribution to politics, government and public decision making in the United Kingdom and Ireland. I believe it to be the only centre of its kind in Europe.

The centre considers 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. I take the opportunity to pay tribute to its director, Yvonne Galligan, and also to the lady who opened the centre, who is no other than Mary McAleese, formerly of Queen's university and now the President of the Republic of Ireland. I think that President Mary McAleese's well- deserved rise to become her country's elected Head of State demonstrates that the correct blend of determination and ability can bring political dividends for a woman in these islands.'

To read the entire debate on the Bill, follow this link. (The Bill has since been passed into law after further debates at the Committee Stage in the Commons and second reading in the House of Lords.)

28th September 2001
The Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics was officially opened at a reception in the Great Hall on Friday 28 September 2001 by Her Excellency President Mary McAleese. In addition to Her Excellency President McAleese and Dr Martin McAleese, the Vice Chancellor Professor Sir George Bain and the Centre's Director, Dr Yvonne Galligan, welcomed Lady Hermon MP, Ms Brid Rodgers, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development; Ms Bairbre de Brun, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety; Mr Denis Haughey, Junior Minister for Equality; Mr Steven King, representing Mr David Trimble; Senator Mary Henry; and many other distinguished guests. For photos taken by Ivan Ewart and Martyn Boyd of Queen's Media Services click here.

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