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Women in Politics and Community Representation Webinar

Date: 12-11-2020

Mayo County Council, South West Mayo Development Company & Mayo North East have collaborated to deliver a webinar entitled Women in Politics and Community Representation.

Women in Politics an​d Community Representation, which will be held at 11am Friday the 20th of November 2020 and will be available at this link: Women in Politics and Community Representation

To join the webinar simply click on this MS Teams link at 11am on Friday the 20th of November 2020.

The webinar will include the presentation of research completed in 2020 by Dr Mary O Connor, Brain & Behaviour Institute and Dr Janine Mc Ginn, GMIT.

This emancipatory research project was commissioned by Mayo County Council in collaboration with Mayo North East & South West Mayo Development Company to identify barriers experienced by women when engaging in the political system at local, community, county and national level in the country. A specific objective was to explore the motivators for women to become involved and their experience of involvement. Another objective was to explore the recommendations given by the women to address any identified challenges and by so doing to contribute to the body of knowledge for policy makers and local politics in Mayo and beyond. 

The webinar will be chaired by Anastasia Crickley, the former Chair of UN Committee for Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and former Head of Department Applied Social Studies Maynooth University, co-founder Pavee Point and founding member of Migrants Rights Centre Ireland. Community Work Ireland board member and lifelong community worker and feminist

Guest panellists for webinar include 

Mary O Rourke former politician and tv panellist who served as Leader of Seanad Éireann and Leader of Fianna Fáil in the Seanad from 2002 to 2007, Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil from 1994 to 2002, Minister for Public Enterprise from 1997 to 2002, Minister for Health and Children from 1991 to 1992 and Minister for Education from 1987 to 1991. She served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1982 to 2002 and 2007 to 2011. She served as a Senator from 1981 to 1982 for the Cultural and Educational Panel and 2002 to 2007, after being Nominated by the Taoiseach.[1]

Annie Lawrence Community Health Worker with Mayo Travellers Support Group and recent contributor to the Crown project. Annie has worked for many years promoting wellbeing and health initiatives with the Traveller Community. Annie is a member of the Mayo Traveller Interagency Group and is Chair of this group's Organisational Working Group.

Dr. Orla Flynn 

Dr. Orla Flynn joined GMIT as president in March 2020, with 20 years experience in education management roles at Cork Institute of Technology.

Dr. Flynn held the position of Vice President for External Affairs at CIT for the last six years, with responsibility for research and innovation, external engagement, internationalisation and alumni.

Dr Flynn's undergraduate and postgraduate academic qualifications are in computer science and mathematical physics from UCC and she holds a PhD from the University of Limerick. 

Sara Althobhaney 

Originally from Yemen but now a refugee in Ireland she is a student in GMIT studying Forensic Science. Sara is a activist for equality and human rights for MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland).

Celesta Khosa

Celesta Khosa works with Mayo County Council. Originally from South Africa, Celesta now has refugee status. Celesta has been working with Amnesty International facilitating stories of Borders. Celesta is an activist for equality and working with MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland.

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