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 Northern 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.

A Cross Party Steering Group over-seeing the Caucus’ strategic direction meets bi monthly.


Steering Group

  • Claire Sugden MLA - Chairperson
  • Paula Bradshaw MLA - Deputy Chairperson
  • Cheryl Brownlee MLA
  • Linda Dillon MLA
  • Sorcha Eastwood MLA
  • Deborah Erskine MLA
  • Diane Forsythe MLA
  • Lesley Hogg
  • Cathy Mason MLA
  • Sinéad McLaughlin MLA
  • Carál Ní Chuilín MLA
  • Emma Sheerin MLA




Twitter: @NIAWomensCaucus




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