Ruane calls for increased role for women in politics
Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has repeated her calls for an increased role for women in politics.
Ms Ruane was speaking before leaving for London to attend a two-day seminar on increasing women's participation in politics.
The South Down MLA said;
“Progress has been made in recent years to increase the number of women in politics, but more work needs to be done.
“Sinn Féin has been a leader in this area, with three of our five Executive Ministers are women and three of four MEPs and over 30 percent of our Assembly team. This shows our genuine commitment to gender equality in politics.
“Further proactive steps are required to support women to enter and advance in political and public life.
“One way of ensuring better representation of women are gender quotas, which should be introduced into all political arenas.
“We’re committed to securing gender equality legislation as a priority. We would also urge the British Government to recognise its obligations and legislate for this matter or give consent for the necessary legislation to proceed at Assembly level.
“However, gender quotas are not the entire solution. They must be part of a broader initiative to change the attitudes of all political parties and governmental departments.
“We need a genuine step-change and not just an exercise in paying lip service to gender equality.
“True and meaningful gender equality can only be achieved when the remaining barriers and obstacles are removed.”