This week Women for Election will launch their crowdfunding campaign – the first time there has been such a large scale crowdfunding campaign for politics. From Thursday 15th June, Women for Election aims to raise €50,000 over 20 days to train 300 women.
Since it was founded in 2012, Women for Election has trained more than 1,000 women to take the next step on their political journeys. Of the 194 women who secured seats in the 2014 local elections, 50 per cent were trained on Women for Election programmes, while in the 2016 General Election, 40 per cent of the newly elected women TDs had been through the programmes. This campaign serves to raise money to train women for the next election and to raise awareness of Women for Election ahead of the next election cycle, building towards the 2019 local and European elections, or a general election, should it happen sooner.
The launch will take place at 5.30pm on Thursday evening the 15th June in Twitter HQ, Cumberland House, Fenian Street, Dublin 2
You can support the campaign by attending the launch, by interacting with Women for Election on social media (see below), or by donating. Perks include Women for Election badges, bags, and beanies. If you prefer an experience, try a women’s history walking tour of Dublin with Pat Liddy, or a talk at Countess Markievicz’s grave. All of these and more will be up for grabs on Women for Election’s Indiegogo page.