(15-06-2012) Women in Politics: from Quotas to Representation
9.30am – 1.30pm
Friday 15th June 2012
Room 212, O’Rahilly Building
University College Cork
Legislation on political party funding and candidate gender quotas is currently being debated in Dáil Éireann. The Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Bill 2011 provides for a 30% gender quota for party candidates at the next election, rising to 40% seven years thereafter. Non-compliant parties will risk financial penalties.
On Friday 15th June, the Department of Government and Women’s Studies (UCC) will host a morning seminar examining the introduction of gender quotas and its implications for candidate selection and women’s representation in Ireland. Drawing from the British experience of affirmative action measures, the seminar will discuss the link between women’s descriptive and substantive representation. The seminar will also examine the impact of women’s (under) representation on policymaking.
Speakers include Minister Kathleen Lynch, Prof. Sarah Childs (Bristol University), Orla O’Connor (National Women’s Council of Ireland) and Fiona Buckley (University College Cork)
The seminar takes place in Room 212 of the O’Rahilly Building, UCC. While attendance at the seminar is free of charge, attendees are asked to pre-register to ensure availability of seating.