A Champion for women
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Women and Older People, Newry Armagh MLA Pat O'Rawe has been nominated by her party to be a Champion for Women in 2006.
Welcoming the nomination Ms O'Rawe said:
"As part of the continued programme of work with women within the party Sinn Féin has fully endorsed the 'Women In Local Councils - Making A Difference' Initiative. Throughout 2006, this will feature events designed to attract women into Councils, to encourage those already employed to apply for higher graded posts and to raise the profile of women in local politics.
"This initiative ties in well with both my current responsibilities and the programme of work within Sinn Féin. We have a programme of work that aims to both promote the positive role of women in politics at local, national and EU level and also to encourage more women to stand for elected office.
"Throughout our Cead Bliain centenary celebration Sinn Fein highlighted the contribution of women to politics and their communities. Sinn Féin is committed to addressing not just the under representation of women in political life but also to campaigning on the issues that effect women in their lives. As a society we need to address issues such as poverty, housing, education and training, childcare, access to healthcare, violence against women and workplace issues such as the huge pay differential.
"Sinn Féin take the under representation of women in politics very seriously. Almost a third of our councillor are women, as are a third of our MLAs, both of our MEP's are women and half of people elected to the Ard Chomhairle (ruling executive) at Ard Fheis are women." ENDS