Assembly Women's Caucus
The Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus is a united, cross-party forum made up of all current women MLAs. The aim of the Caucus is to address the under-representation of women in politics in Northern Ireland.
The Objectives of the Women’s Caucus are to:
- Champion and support the recommendations for action listed in the Women in Politics and the Northern Ireland Assembly 2015 report in partnership with the political parties, the Assembly and the Executive.
- Champion the practical implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in partnership with the All Party Group on Women Peace and Security;
- Work in partnership with the Northern Ireland Women’s Sector to support individual women wanting to become further involved in politics;
- Work in partnership with the Northern Ireland Youth Assembly, the Norther Ireland Women's and Education Sectors, and with the media, to promote the idea of gender-equality in political representation as essential and achievable with the correct targeted action.
- Facilitate gender-specific training, coaching and study exchanges for women MLAs
Membership of the Caucus is open to all Women MLAs.
The roles of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson until the end of the current mandate are held by Clare Bailey MLA and Rosemary Barton MLA.
A Cross Party Steering Group over-seeing the Caucus’ strategic direction meets bi monthly.
- Clare Bailey MLA – Green Party – Chair
- Rosemary Barton MLA – UUP – Deputy Chair
- Kellie Armstrong MLA – Alliance
- Paula Bradley MLA – DUP
- Sinéad Bradley MLA – SDLP
- Joanne Bunting MLA – DUP
- Pam Cameron MLA – DUP
- Jemma Dolan MLA – SF
- Sinéad Ennis MLA – SF
- Dolores Kelly MLA – SDLP
- Michelle McIlveen MLA – DUP
- Emma Sheerin MLA – SF
- Claire Sugden MLA – Independent
- Lesley Hogg – Clerk to the Assembly/Chief Executive