Ruane welcomes first ever women's caucus in the Assembly
Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has said the establishment of a women's caucus in the Assembly is a huge step forward for equality.
Ms Ruane, who was appointed as chair of the newly established caucus, said;
"The first ever women's caucus at the Assembly was established today on International Women's Day.
"This is a huge step forward for equality and will put the voice of women at the heart of decision making at the Assembly.
"I was deeply honoured to have been chosen by my fellow MLAs to be the first chair of the first ever cross-party women's caucus in the North.
"Women play a vital role in every aspect of our society and it is only fitting that the voice of women should be heard at the highest levels of government.
"This is an indication of how we have come in our struggle for equality but it is also a reminder of how far we still have to travel to ensure full equality for women in society."