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Women in Politics - Why Not Me?

The International Peace Studies programme was delighted to host 'Women in Politics - Why Not Me?' on Wednesday 12th of September. This seminar - organised by Irish NGOs Trócaire and Christian Aid Ireland - brought together politicians and activists from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sierra Leone and Ireland for peer learning, exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by women in politics and how parliamentarians and civil society organisations can support women's rights.

Through a series of panels and Q&A sessions, the contributors identified the many challenges facing women who want to become politically active - such as financial constraints, cultural norms and gender inequality. But the seminar also heard how women do succeed in the end - often due to their track record of community activism and support from civil society. Now, these women parliamentarians are working to make a difference in areas as diverse as judicial reform, health care and education in their countries.

The first photo below features Sierra Leonean MPs and civil society activists with Christian Aid Ireland staff. Pictured are, from left, Fattu Favour Fomba, Social Enterprise Development, Sierra Leone, Christine Sia Pettiquoi, Network Movement for Justice and Development, Sierra Leone, Roisin Gallagher, Christian Aid Ireland, Hon. Bernadette Wuyatta Songa, member of parliament in Sierra Leone, Hon. Rebecca Yei Kamara, member of parliament in Sierra Leone, Sarah O'Boyle, Christian Aid Ireland, and Hon. Emelia Lolloh Tongi, also member of parliament in Sierra Leone, outside the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin.

The other shows a panel discussion with Rebecca Yai Kamara, Shaista Perviez Malek (MP from Pakistan) and Bernadette Wuttata Songa, moderated by Irish independent TD, Maureen O'Sullivan (PHOTOS: Mark Stedman).

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Last updated 13 September 2018 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).