Addressing gender imbalance on International Women’s Day

Cllr Emer Kelly (centre), pictured here with members of the Roscommon County Council Executive, was the honorary Cathaoirleach for International Women’s Day during Wednesday’s event in the council chamber. Pic: Kieran Croghan

To mark International Women’s Day yesterday (Wednesday) the Regional Women’s Caucus together with Roscommon Women’s Network, See Her Elected and members of both Roscommon County Council and Comhairle na nÓg came together to reverse the gender imbalance within local politics.

As part of what was described as “a momentous day” in the council chamber, 14 women and four men sat in the chamber for an event that was overseen by honorary Cathaoirleach for the day and event organiser Cllr. Emer Kelly.

The event was aimed at highlighting the need for more female representation in politics. The event heard that just 25.5 per cent of county councillors across Ireland are women.

Those in attendance, including the four local female councillors and Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan, heard from a number of female speakers from various different backgrounds.

Cllr. Emer Kelly described the event as “historic” and part of a wider campaign to highlight the current male-dominated power balance in local politics.