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11-03-2010

Do we need quotas to ensure women are fairly represented?

On Friday, 12 March, a forum entitled 'Do we need Quotas to ensure Women are fairly represented?' will take place at the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street in Dublin.  Labour Party MEP Nessa Childers will be joined on the panel by  Rachel Doyle of the National Women's Council of Ireland, Elaine Byrne, columnist with the Irish Times and Gail McElroy, a lecturer at Trinity College's Department of Politics.
1900 students (between 16-18 years) applied for this year's competition and following nearly 200 interviews and eight regional final events, the 24 winning students, from all over Ireland, were selected to participate in Euroscola.  

The forum will be chaired by Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland.  Members of the panel will outline their views on the importance of women's participation in politics and actions which can be taken to increase that participation.  They will focus on issues such as

  • the case for gender equality in candidate selection
  • the case for quotas to ensure a minimum level of women representatives
  • experiences in other countries

The event is being organised by the European Parliament Office in Ireland to mark International Women's Day.  

DATE:            Friday, 12 March
TIME:            11am - 12.30pm (tea, coffee and sandwiches to follow)
VENUE:         Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

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For further information, please contact:

Marie Quinn at the European Parliament Office in Ireland.
epdublin@europarl.europa.eu