Women’s forum invites female politicians from around world

Mary Beard (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Mary Beard (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Female politicians from all over the world are to be invited to Ireland for a parliamentary women’s caucus next month.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will take part in the event – which is being hosted by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl – on September 10.

Green Party TD Catherine Martin, who is chair of the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus, has written to prospective attendees about the Dublin Castle congress.

“It will see female parliamentarians from across the globe, as well as leading female figures in Irish society, meeting to discuss issues facing women and how parliamentarians can work to address them,” she said.

The schedule includes discussions on women in leadership, society and politics. The one-day event will conclude with proposals for action that will be agreed by the congress delegates.

Among the speakers will be Irish Independent columnist Martina Devlin, founder of the Irish History movement Melanie Lynch, and British author Mary Beard.

On the evening before the event, President Higgins will be the guest of honour and address delegates at a gala dinner in the State Apartments in Dublin Castle.

The Women’s Caucus in Leinster House is a relatively new creation and has not been without controversy.

While most female TDs and senators have joined, Solidarity/People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger has described it as “a fake sisterhood”.

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Irish Independent

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