Equal Political Representation by 2020
50% of Ireland’s population is female. Yet, only 15% of the Dail is. This places Ireland 79th (out of 134 countries) on a world classification list compiled by the Interparliamentary Union*
|Our Vision of Change|
Gender parity in Irish politics by the year 2020. Quite simply, we want fifty-fifty by 2020.
Who we are
• 5050 is a single issue national advocacy group dedicated to achieving equal representation in Irish politics.
• 5050 is a fully inclusive organisation and politically non-aligned.
• 5050 welcomes both men and women as members.
• 5050 actively encourages the formation of affiliate groups at community level.
• 5050 endorses both male and female candidates who support special temporary measures to redress the over-representation of men in the Irish Politics.
• 5050 believes that the under-representation of women in Irish politics is an affront to the democratic ideals of justice and equality.
What we do
1. Lobby for the implementation of measures to redress the gender imbalance in Irish politics. For example:-
a. The implementation of candidate selection gender quotas at the next general election to increase the number of women on the ballot paper;
b. Support the removal of the barriers to female representation (the Five C’s) as included in the Recommendations of the 2009 Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Women in Politics.
c. The full implementation of the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of all kinds of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Ireland.
2. Establish an active ‘grassroots’ movement to promote voter choice on the ballot paper and agitate for change.
3. Initiate a public campaign highlighting the under-representation of women in Irish politics, and debate the consequences of this under-representation for Irish society.
* This rank order was correct at time of writing (updated April 2014). For up-to-date information please see http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm
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