50:50 North West comprises individuals and groups from Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and includes the National Collective of Community- Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) – Donegal Women’s Network and NCCWN – North Leitrim Women’s Centre. 50:50 North West originated as a branch of the National 50:50 Group, founded in 2010 in Cork as a single issue national advocacy group dedicated to achieving equal representation in politics. The Group lobbied for the implementation of measures to redress the gender imbalance in Irish politics including legal quotas and initiated a public campaign highlighting the under-representation of women in Irish politics
50:50 North West aims to encourage debate, conversation and discussion about the need for more women in Irish Politics – especially in rural constituencies. 50:50 North West has undertaken a range of activities since its establishment to support women’s entry into politics and created spaces to generate discussion and debate about politics and its relevance in women’s lives as well as encouraging women to engage in politics locally, regionally and nationally.
These activities have included:
- Hosted and organised – ‘Meet and Chat with Your Female Politicians’ Events across Sligo / Leitrim and Donegal
- Hosted and organised – ‘Equality for Women 100 Years on’ 2015 Seminar with key note address by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
- Organsied Media Training with Local Female Political Representatives with Ocean FM
- 1916 – 2016 Centenary Living History Project ‘Remembering the Women of 1916’
- 1918 – 2018 Centenary of the ‘Vote for Women’ – ‘100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S VOTES – a one day seminar commemorating women’s suffrage and exploring women & politics today’ speakers included Michelle Sheey Skeffington & Helen Pankhurst (see video below)
- ‘Women & Irish Politics’ and evening in conversation with Martina Fitzgerald
50:50 North West’s mission is three-fold:
- Creating the environment for women to become passionate about women’s political engagement – Getting women to talk politics and become more passionate about their political engagement
- Empowering women to run for election or become involved in supporting candidates.
- Working with political parties to recognise the value and importance of equal representation and to work towards it.