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Women doing politics differently

Published: Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Development of local or regional caucus for women councillors – identifying interest and examining possible supports

Women’s caucuses have been established in political institutions around the world to strengthen cross-party cooperation among women politicians and to enhance the recruitment of new women candidates. Drawing on extensive research with women councillors and other key stakeholders, this report offers a pathway for the establishment of local or regional caucuses in local government in Ireland and makes recommendations to local authorities and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in relation to maximising supports. Importantly, the research also documents the opportunities and challenges experienced so far by established caucuses in Limerick and Dublin City and explores related cross-party initiatives for women councillors that have taken place at regional and national level. This research was kindly supported by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

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