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‘My advice to other women interested in politics: just do it’

A record number of 87 women are standing in next week’s Assembly election. That’s 17 more than the last Stormont poll five years ago. At the first election in 1998 it was just 14. Campaigners have hailed it as progress, but say more needs to be done. Here, female candidates outline their advice to other women interested in becoming politicians

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Making a difference: Emma DeSouza

Making a difference: Emma DeSouza

Green Party candidate Rachel Woods

Green Party candidate Rachel Woods

Liz Kimmins. Credit: Niall Carson

Liz Kimmins. Credit: Niall Carson

Jill Macauley. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Jill Macauley. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Lorna Smyth

Lorna Smyth

Jennifer Gilmour. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Jennifer Gilmour. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Connie Egan

Connie Egan

Elsie Trainor

Elsie Trainor

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Making a difference: Emma DeSouza

Emma DeSouza, Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Independent

The Good Friday Agreement includes the right for women to avail of full and equal political participation, and while women have made gains in this area, systemic barriers remain.


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