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21-22 October 2005
Fianna Fail passed a plan to adopt gender quotas on party decision-making bodies at their 2005 annual conference held on the 21 -22 October. Women will now make up one third of delegates to party selection conventions and conferences, and at the next local elections, it is expected that women will also make up one third of party candidates. This decision is an important step towards gender equality in the largest political party in Ireland, and arises from CAWP recommendations on a gender audit of party procedures and practices. This report was co-authored by Yvonne Galligan, Director of CAWP, Karen Gilland, Georg Lutz and Duncan Sutherland, with research support from former CAWP assistant director, Maureen Drennan. For a summary of the report click here >>>>

14-16 October 2005
The CAWP was invited to act as an observer at the General Assembly of the European Women's Lobby (EWL) in London. The Assembly was preceded by a seminar entitled "Trafficking in Women for Sexual Exploitation: Who is Responsible?" aimed at generating a policy/political debate about the driving forces behind the "demand" side of prostitution and trafficking. Keynote speakers included Meg Dunn, Minister for Women and Equality and Sigma Huda, UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking.

4 October 2005-22 September 2005
Dr Yvonne Galligan and Sara Clavero both speakers at an international seminar 'Europe: the Civic Participation and Political Representation of Women' in the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan, Bicocca. Sara presented on 'The political representation and social participation of women in post-communist countries' and Yvonne gave a lecture on 'The political participation of women in Northern Ireland'.

21-22 September 2005
Dr Yvonne Galligan, Director CAWP, presented a paper, co-authored with Sara Clavero, Research Fellow on the EGG project, on 'the EU's gender mainstreaming agenda and democratization in East Central Europe' as part of the conference 'Democracy and Multi-level governance in the EU and Canada' held in the Centre for European Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.

9 September 2005
CAWP welcomed Dr Susan Fountaine of the Department of Communication & Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand, as a Visiting Professor from September 9 - October 8, 2005. During her visit at CAWP, in addition to networking with academic colleagues, presenting a seminar, and writing an Occasional Paper, Susan helped facilitate on the Next Generation Leadership Programme. Her current extremely interesting and relevant area of research is The "Girl Power" Frame in New Zealand Media.

8 September 2005
Sara Clavero presented the paper "Insurmountable obstacles? Analysing gender mainstreaming strategies in Central and Eastern Europe" co-authored with Yvonne Galligan, CAWP Director, at the ECPR general conference in Budapest.

1 September 2005
CAWP Director, Yvonne Galligan, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Scholars' Award and as part of her sabbatical will be visiting the Women and Politics Institute at American University, Washington DC, USA. She plans to bring her work on women's political participation in Central and Eastern Europe (funded by the EU under the Framework 5 programme) to fruition while on research leave.

August 2005
CAWP has been contacted by Boston College with regard to a speech that was delivered there on February 22, 2005 on the topic of “Women in Politics” . This talk by Kerry Healey was videotaped and can be viewed via Boston College’s Front Row streaming video website. Kerry Healey was elected to the office of lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Prior to holding that position, she chaired the Massachusetts Republican Party. She discusses why more men than women run for office, her own story of how she entered politics, and what it currently means to be a Republican in Massachusetts. http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/healey/
Boston College continually looks for ways to partner with civic, cultural, and community organizations that seek to broaden dialogue and understanding on critical issues in our world.

July 2005
CAWP has been commissioned by University College Cork (UCC) to conduct an assessment of the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) research community. The primary objective of the assessment, which has been funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is to gather the views of the entire SET community on all aspects of building a research career at UCC. Whilst the objective of the specific SFI "Institute Planning Award" is aimed at enhancing the participation of women in SET research activities, it is the intention of UCC to use the feedback gathered from three workshops and an on-line survey to improve the overall UCC research and management environment for everyone, and to reduce or eliminate barriers currently inhibiting researchers in SET disciplines from achieving their full potential.

9 June 2005
The book Sharing Power - Women, Parliament, Democracy , edited by Yvonne Galligan, Director CAWP, and Manon Tremblay, University of Ottawa, Canada, is a unique, comparative perspective, and will appeal to students and scholars of politics, women's studies, history and legislative studies. Further details >>>>

12 May 2005
CAWP would like to offer Congratulations to Bernie Kelly, SDLP, on being elected to the Balmoral Ward in Belfast South. Bernie attended the Next Generation Leadership programme in January this year. Well done, Bernie. Photo of Bernie being presented with her Certificate by Dr Yvonne Galligan >>>> .

22 April 2005
The process of choosing candidates to contest the general election on 5th May is now complete. With the information available from the parties' websites and headquarters, our Associate Research Fellow, Duncan Sutherland, has compiled figures on the women candidates standing in this election. >>>>

17 March 2005
Sara Clavero, Research Fellow, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Oakland, CA, on barriers to women's political representation in Central and Eastern Europe.

1 February 2005
Two further training days were held in February as part of the Empowering Women 2 Work intiative. Women from the Armagh City and Council District area were invited to participate. The purpose of the sessions was to work with women to improve their employment prospects whether they are returning to the workforce or are seeking to develop their careers. On Tuesday 1 February, fifteen women attended the course on Personal Effectiveness which covered setting and achieving objectives, time management, stress management, and creative thinking. The second one-day course on Tuesday 8 February aimed at preparing women to be more confident in dealing with all aspects of meetings. The course, entitled Essential Meeting Skills covered planning and preparing for meetings, communicating in meetings, contributing positively, chairing a meeting, and taking minutes. These training days followed from the earlier success of the Stuff the Turkey 2 Conference which was held on the 9 December 2004. Guest speakers at this conference included Wendy Austin, George Jones, Baroness May Blood, Bronagh Conlon of the Real Irish Food Company and Arlene Millar, Image Consultant. Photos >>>>

18 - 21 January 2005
The first Next Generation leadership programme was held from Tuesday 18 - 21 January 2005 with sixteen participants from NICS, Local Government, Department of Education, British Irish Secretariat, British Council and four participants from QUB. The Programme is currently under evaluation with a follow up day arranged for Friday 6 May 2005. Applications are currently being accepted for the September Next Generation Leadership Programme which will take place on the 19 September 2005. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment. Photos>>>>

4 January 2005
The Irish Independent reported on the Independent Gender Equality Audit and Fianna Fail Gender Equality Action Plan 2004 - 2014, in which the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics were consultants. The reports findings identify a range of obstacles to women's more active political involvement in the party - such as the lack of a support network for women considering political careers, childcare issues and not being chosen for winnable seats. The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern commented that, 'Aspiration will be translated into action. Positive steps will be taken to ensure effective access for women at every level of Fianna Fail.' The Party also aims to have women comprising one third of all party officers at cumann, comhairle ceanntair and comhairle Dail cheanntair levels by 2014. To view the report please click on>>>

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