22 March 2007 Edition
Determined to tackle under-representation of women
Sinn Féin has submitted a motion, the under-representation of women in political system, for discussion by the Six County Assembly after 26 March.
West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann has said that Sinn Féin is determined to tackle the serious under representation of women in public life.
“It is a disgrace that only 18 out of 108 Assembly members are women. While Sinn Féin managed to have eight of our nine women candidates elected this is clearly not enough. We need to do much more. We need to encourage more women to become involved in political life and we need to ensure that candidates are in winnable seats because, for example, the wrong approach would be to run 14 women candidates but then only get 4 elected”, McCann said.
“We also need to take a much wider view in order to understand the problem and indeed to look at some of the other issues that affect women such as the continuing pay differential.
“Sinn Féin will be working to establish an all-party working group to look at the under representation of women in public life and other issues which have a negative impact on women.”
Sinn Féin motion
Women in Politics... That this Assembly expresses serious concerns about the under representation of women in the Assembly and calls on all parties to commit themselves to addressing the situation and for the establishment of an all-party working group to discuss these and other issues that have a negative impact on women. And further calls on an incoming Executive to fully implement and resource a comprehensive strategy to tackle the under representation of women in political life.