Following her attendance at the International Congress of Parliamentary Women’s Caucuses, Senator Maura Hopkins has emphasised the need for greater female participation in public life.

Senator Hopkins stated, “The congress brought female public representatives from across the world together to discuss issues facing women globally and how the political system can work to address them.”

“It was a good opportunity to learn and exchange ideas, and to reflect on the progress of women in politics, on this the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in Ireland.”

Senator Hopkins concluded, “There remains much work to be done in order to encourage more women to get involved in politics. Since our own women’s caucus in the Oireachtas was set up, a lot has been done to identify the issues which exist including maternity leave and more structured working hours. It is essential now that policy change is implemented in order to allow for greater female engagement in political life.”