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Sinn Féin promote role of Women in political Life

13 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew, South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane and Lisburn councillor Angela Nelson will attend the Women into Politics event at Hillsborough.

Speaking today Ms Gildernew said:

"Undoubtedly the role of women in political life, not just here in the north, but across the world has had a profound impact not just in setting different priorities but in how the business of politics is carried out.

"Republican women have been at the forefront of struggle for generations, from Countess Markievicz to Marie Drumm and to this day have played a leading role in shaping political demands for equality.

"However, the reality is that women still face barriers to their full engagement in the political life of this island and beyond and this is something that we need to challenge and overcome. Many of these barriers are the same ones that women face in wider society."

Cllr Nelson commenting on women in local government added:

"As a party Sinn Féin are determined to ensure that more women get involved and that we see more women being elected. We have made progress with the election of a number of women to all levels of office as elected representatives and also to positions within Sinn Féin.

"Local government provides an input entry point for women as elected representatives. Yet there are many barriers particularly in relation to workload, childcare and timing of meetings.

"I would also encourage women to look at the vital role that women have played and continue to play in setting the political agenda within their own communities and to see changes stemming from the review of public administration such as community planning as a new way in which they can shape local politics." ENDS

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