Fair Crack Of The Whip For Womens Sector?

A local Newry woman asked the panel if enough was being done for the women’s sector.

Trevor Lunn said that, as with many issues, it came back to the budget and pointed out that it’s ‘not just women’s groups’ but ‘all sorts of voluntary groups’ that need funding.

Simon Hamilton argued that, with four women in the executive, the influence of women was on the rise. He challenged any woman that felt she could help change things for the better to take to the campaign trail and run for office. The consensus of the panel was that politics wasn’t a boys club and that women’s contribution was welcome.

Is the Assembly a boys club? Are women put off by the world of politics? Are women’s views fairly represented in the Assembly?

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