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Women's role in post-conflict society must not be ignored

Andree Murphy


For too long females have been sidelined when crucial decisions are made, writes Andree Murphy

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Alone: A young woman surveys the damage after the Battle of the Bogside in 1969

Alone: A young woman surveys the damage after the Battle of the Bogside in 1969

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Alone: A young woman surveys the damage after the Battle of the Bogside in 1969

The appointment of Jenny Pyper as interim head of the civil service last week is the third appointment of a woman to the most senior positions in our public life. Brenda King was appointed as interim Attorney General in the summer and Marie Anderson as Police Ombudsman in May of last year. These appointments dramatically change the public sphere's landscape of gender representation, especially with two female joint First Ministers.

This is welcome relief from previous administrations, which saw overwhelmingly male appointments and some low water-marks for gender equality. Remember the appointment of only one woman to the 16-person Commission on Flags, Culture and Identity in 2016?

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Jenny Pyper

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