Thinking Of Getting Involved In Politics After The Referendum? Women For Election Want You

Apply for Women For Election's scholarship programme and get on our ballot papers.

The last few months have seen a huge burst of political activity amongst young women in the run up to the referendum on the 8th Amendment, with thousands out volunteering and canvassing and generally making their voices heard.

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, we know now that we do have the power to affect change. If the last couple of months have put a fire in your belly, but you’re not sure what to do next, maybe Women For Election can help.

Women For Election is a not-for-profit organisation that wants to get more women involved in politics in Ireland. Each year, theĀ group runs a number of INSPIRE training programmes which give would-be politicians an introduction to campaign strategy and communications, while also building the confidence needed to put themselves out there.

Today, they opened applications for their scholarship programme, with the intention of offering 25 places over this year’s four training days. They said:

In our selection process, we will focus on individuals who could not otherwise access or training programmes. In training women to run for election, we want to run for election, we want to help them feel empowered and confident about their ability to be a force for change.

To apply, email with SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line – outline why you’d like to attend the training, and give examples of any political or activist work you’ve been involved in. You should also include which training location (Dublin, Cork or Galway) you’d prefer.

Best of luck – hopefully we’ll see you on our ballot papers next year.