Fearon leads Newry Armagh Women’s Delegation

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Assembly Member Megan Fearon has led a delegation of 16 women to a specially convened Sinn Féin women’s conference held at Kelly’s Inn, Ballygawley on Saturday 27th July.

Speaking from the event Fearon praised the event organisers saying, “Sinn Féin is taking underrepresentation by women in politics very seriously and today is one of a series of meetings in which party Vice President Mary Lou McDonald TD has invited female activists to come together to devise strategies to ensure more women join Sinn Féin and take positions of power within the party.

“I am delighted that we were able to bring a bus load of women to today’s meeting from my own constituency of Newry Armagh. We are lucky in our area that we do have many female role models within the party, however politics remains a male dominated sphere of life.”

During the conference those in attendance received presentations from Mary Lou McDonald TD, Michelle Gildernew MP, Jennifer McCann MLA and Professor Yvonne Galligan, Director of the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.

“The presentations we received were excellent, giving real life accounts of women in politics,” Fearon stated, “These were followed by discussion groups which gave everyone present the opportunity to state their experiences and how gender issues affected them.

Fearon added, “More importantly we were tasked with coming up with solutions which might make it easier for women to become involved in the future.”

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