Westmeath County Council in collaboration with See Her Elected (SHE) hosted their seminar for the Council Project 'A More Inclusive Politics for Westmeath' on Saturday 21 January 2023 in Áras an Chontae, Mullingar. The event was a resounding success, with key speakers and participants who represented the voices and experiences of their diverse communities and the voices of women who are interested in getting involved in local government and the challenges that they face. Westmeath County Council would like to thank all of those who attended and look forward to continuing their project to encourage a greater number of women from diverse backgrounds to run for or get involved in the 2024 Local Elections.
We look forward to continuing this project to encourage a greater number of women to run for or get involved in the #LocalElections2024— Westmeath County Council (@westmeathcoco) January 23, 2023
Check out this project on our website where you can also access our project video and booklet
The aim of this project is to encourage more women and people from diverse backgrounds to participate in the 2024 Local Elections in Westmeath. The printed booklet (which is also available on our website) and video (which can be accessed on our YouTube Channel and social media pages) offer advice and guidance on the supports available to you as a potential candidate in the local elections. They also detail the experiences of some of our councillors to give you an insight into the role, challenges, and opportunities that it can present.
The booklet will also give you a breakdown of the structure, layout, and organisation of the Council, whilst conveying why it is crucial that we realise a greater level of gender representation and minority participation in our local government structures to ensure that the future of politics in Westmeath is more inclusive, balanced, and better informed. To assist those that may be unfamiliar with our electoral system, information for voters has also been included in the booklet, starting with how you can register to vote. The Council will continue to engage with the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage to apply for funding for future proposals that will be integral to this project.
See below the links to our project booklet and video:
A More Inclusive Politics for Westmeath
The Council will continue to engage with the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage to apply for funding for future proposals that will be integral to this project.