International Women’s Day Motion

Published: 8th March 2016, 5:12pm

On Tuesday 8 March 2016, a motion was discussed on the Assembly’s involvement in International Women’s Day 2016.

On Tuesday 8 March 2016, a motion was discussed on the Assembly’s involvement in International Women’s Day 2016.

The motion, initiated through the Speaker’s Reference Group on a Gender Sensitive Assembly to mark International Women’s Day 2016, was on “establishing a Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Parliamentary Caucus”.

“That this Assembly supports the celebration of International Women’s Day 2016 and Assembly Women’s Week 2016; affirms its commitment to encouraging more women into politics and public life; acknowledges the importance of the work of the Speakers Reference Group on a Gender Sensitive Assembly; and advocates the establishment of a women’s parliamentary caucus.”

The speakers, Karen McKevitt SDLP MLA and Sandra Overend UUP MLA, discussed passionately the establishment of a Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, and acknowledged the contribution of the Speaker’s Reference Group on a Gender Sensitive Assembly and its plan of action to create a gender balanced Assembly.

We are delighted to have been recognised for our hard work in running a wide range of programmes and initiatives, with the aim to promote the inclusion of women in political and public life.

Our programmes and events including Young Female Leaders Academy, Women in Public Life, Women in Politics and the provision of expert one-to-one training, were acknowledged as successfully tackling the underrepresentation of women across senior public life.

Politics Plus were also acknowledged as being instrumental in supporting the establishment of both the Speaker’s Reference Group on a Gender Sensitive Assembly and the Women’s Caucus.

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