The Fianna Fáil Women’s Network campaigns for gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights at a national level. All women members of the Party are automatically members of the Women’s Network. The Network has its own Officer Board which is elected by full voting members of the Network. The role of the Officer Board is to guide the work of the Network, to input into Party policy and to promote the involvement of women within the overall organisation.
The work of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network is facilitated by the Party’s Equality Officer, who is based in Fianna Fáil Headquarters.
The Role of The Women’s Network
- Organise national and regional networking events and specific annual events for Women’s Day.
- Give women an opportunity to come together to exchange views, discuss common concerns and develop supportive networks within the party.
- Support the constituency units of the party in organising specific women-focused events.
- Help to attract new female members.
- Encourage women to be actively involved in the mainstream party structures and not just in the Women’s Network.
- Encourage women to put themselves forward for leadership positions within the general party organisation and for selection as election candidates.
- Help female candidates to build their campaign teams.
The Membership and Structure of the Network
- All female members of the party are automatically members of the Women’s Network.
- The Women’s Network will be run by the officer board. The officer board will consist of the President, Secretary and a number of other officers.
Interaction Between the Network and Other Party Units
- While the National Women’s Network will provide significant extra supports for women, the promotion of gender equality is the responsibility of all units of the organisation. All units must play their part in securing greater equality and not leave it to the Women’s Network.
- Every CDC should run at least one event each year aimed at female members. It should also avail of the opportunity to invite non-members, such as women involved in local community groups, to attend such events.
- The National Women’s Network will provide advice to CDCs on running events aimed at women. The National Women’s group will also run regular regional and national events.