A Clear Pathway into Local Government with the Award Winning See Her Elected

*Workshops starting Autumn 2022*

Can you see yourself (maybe!) as a candidate in the 2024 local elections, but don’t know where to start? Would you like to know what is involved before making your mind up? Or have you made up your mind and want to have a practical toolkit covering everything you need to have a strategy plan for?

Maybe you can never see yourself as a candidate, but would love to be involved in getting a woman from your area elected to your County Council!

To complement the See Her Elected Guide to Running in the Local Elections (free to down load here) we have two series of FREE online workshops that will take you from being able to articulate why you or your candidate should run, right through to the election count and beyond.

All our monthly one-hour workshops run on four different days of the week and at four different times to best fit in with your day to day life.

Pathway Step One: The Foundation Series starts week commencing 3rd October 2022. Three FREE online workshops will cover key issues, profile building, analytical work on voting patterns in your local electoral area, and being a party candidate or running as an independent. On completion, you will be invited to join our Strategy Series in January 2023

Pathway Step Two: For those who completed the 2021/2022 Foundation Series, the FREE online Strategy workshops begin during week commencing 12th September 2022. The nuts and bolts of campaign strategy, canvassing strategy, a communications strategy including social media will all be covered in depth. Those joining in January 2023 will be brought up to date in a catch-up workshop.

If you would like to have an informal chat about any of this and see how you can join, please get in contact with Michelle by phone at 0860320455 or my email info@seeherelected.ie. We’d love to hear from you!

See Her Elected’s Introduction to Politics

If you prefer to start building up your political knowledge before or as well as deciding to be an election candidate and or campaign team member, our innovative SHESchool Introduction to Politics is for you!

The foundation course is 3 classes.

We begin with active citizenship. It is a phrase we hear a lot about, but what does it actually mean? In 2007 we had a Taskforce on Active Citizenship which told us it was largely about volunteering and being engaged in our communities. But this definition doesn’t really see us having a say in what goes on, or being part of any kind of change. We explore a wider definition of active citizenship that allows us to do just that. We will finish the first class by looking at what is meant by left and right in political language, and whether people mobilising under either banner are within or beyond what we accept to be active citizenship.

In the second class we start to try and understand the purpose, structure and function of a council. We look at the relationship between the elected county councillors and the people who work as executives in the council, as well as who has power to do what. We look at the opportunities for active citizens to become part of the decision-making structures in county councils, and how that can happen to allow better decisions to be made without necessarily ever running for election.

The last class examines the job and remuneration of the county/city councillor. We look at the gender breakdown of councillors, and work through the latest research on the barriers that women face in running for council elections. We finish by drawing the word feminism into the discussion about councillors and ask why so ffew identify themselves as feminists.

How does it work?

We are running the classes on zoom. A link will be sent to you on the morning of each class. To participate you will need a computer or other devise, connected to the internet. The device will have to have working speakers mic and camera.

We aim to make the class as enjoyable as possible with plenty of opportunity for conversation and a break mid way. They start at 7pm and will finish at 8.30.

If you’d like more…

#SHESchool is developing based on the feedback of all previous foundation class participants and will continue to evolve to meet the needs of the women engaging with the project.

Please contact us

To get involved please contact Michelle at info@seeherelected.ie or 0860320455