Groundbreaking launch of the first Northern Ireland Assembly Women's Caucus
Monday 7th March 2016 marked an historical day in our political history, with the launch of the cross-party Assembly Women’s Caucus.
In efforts to tackle women’s under-representation in political life the Speaker’s Reference Group on a Gender Sensitive Assembly, supported by Politics Plus, has championed the establishment of a Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Parliamentary Caucus.
The groundbreaking launch of the Women’s Caucus took place on Tuesday 8th March 2016 to mark International Women’s Day 2016.
The vision is to create “A united Women’s Assembly Caucus, working together irrespective of political party affiliation, to ensure equality for all; to provide an opportunity for women to exchange and ensure there is cross-party collaboration on ideas; to form collective platforms on particular policies and actions and; to support one another on issues and areas of common concern”.
The first meeting of the Women’s Caucus elected Caitríona Ruane MLA, Sinn Fein, as Chair and Paula Bradley MLA, DUP, as Deputy Chair. The founding Members of the caucus also include; Karen McKevitt MLA SDLP, Claire Hanna MLA SDLP, Junior Minister Emma Pengelly MLA DUP, Brenda Hale MLA DUP, Pamela Cameron MLA DUP, Rosie McCorley MLA Sinn Fein, Sandra Overend MLA UUP, Claire Sugden MLA Independent and Judith Cochrane MLA Alliance Party.