50:50 NI Meets Claire Hanna

This week 50:50 NI meets Claire Hanna has been the Member of Parliament for Belfast South since 2019 and was previously a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Northern Ireland from 2015 to 2019. Have you always been interested in politics?  I always have been on some level. My parents were both political. My dadContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Claire Hanna”

50:50 NI Meets Michelle Guy 

This week 50:50 NI met Michelle Guy. Michelle is an Alliance councillor for Castlereagh South. Michelle has previously worked in marketing and in policy as a civil servant. Have you always been interested in Politics?  I guess the honest answer is yes. It’s very hard to grow up in Northern Ireland and not be interestedContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Michelle Guy “

50:50 NI Meets Cara Hunter 

This week 50:50 NI meets Cara Hunter. As a former councillor and deputy mayor, in 2020 Cara became MLA for East Derry at the age of just 25. Cara is passionate about mental health and access to mental health services. She is currently the SDLP spokesperson for health. Have you always been interested in politics?Continue reading “50:50 NI Meets Cara Hunter “

50:50 NI meets Kate Nicholl

This week 50:50 NI meets Kate Nicholl. Kate is an Alliance Councillor for Balmoral, South Belfast. Have you always been interested in politics?  Yes, I think I have always been interested in politics, but maybe didn’t identify it as that. My grandparents were anti-apartheid activists: My grandmother was a member of the Black Sash whichContinue reading “50:50 NI meets Kate Nicholl”

50:50 NI meets Paula Bradley

This week 50:50 NI meets Paula Bradley. Paula is a Democratic Unionist Party politician in the Northern Ireland Assembly. She has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast North since 2011. So, my first question is, have you always been political?  I grew up in a household that was not political in anyContinue reading “50:50 NI meets Paula Bradley”

50:50 NI Meets Sinéad McLaughlin

This week 50:50 NI meets Sinead McLaughlin. Sinead MLA is an SDLP politician who has served as Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Foyle constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly since January 2020. She is the SDLP’s spokesperson for the economy and energy, the deputy chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s economy committee and is a former chief executive of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. HaveContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Sinéad McLaughlin”

50:50 NI Meets Emma Sheerin

This is the second instalment of the series and this week 50:50 NI meets Emma Sheerin. Emma is a Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster, and the party’s assembly spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights. A PPE Graduate of QUB, she’s been a Sinn Féin activist since her teenage years, and feels that human rights areContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Emma Sheerin”

50:50 NI Meets Patricia O’Lynn

This week we kick off the ’50:50 NI Meets’ series with Patricia O’Lynn. Patricia is an Alliance Councillor on the Mid and East Antrim borough council. When she is not representing the people of Ballymena Town Patricia works as a programme manager at the Charity Right To Succeed. Having achieved a BA in law andContinue reading “50:50 NI Meets Patricia O’Lynn”

Gender Quotas : A Very Short Introduction

Gender quotas have proven to be an extremely effective tool at increasing the number of women being elected into parliaments across the world. As of 2019, more than half of the top nations for women’s representation in politics have some form of voluntary, legislative or constitutional quota. But what are quotas and how do theyContinue reading “Gender Quotas : A Very Short Introduction”

Women and the Environment: Why More Women are Needed in the Fight Against Climate Change

Due to the fact that women make up the majority of the world’s poor, up to 70% according to the UN, they are significantly more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men. The extent to which women are disproportionately affected by climate change is truly shocking; 80% of people displaced due to climateContinue reading “Women and the Environment: Why More Women are Needed in the Fight Against Climate Change”