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IWD23 – Embracing Equity in Female Political Participation 

March 8, 2023

International Women’s Day 2023 – Embracing Equity in Female Political Participation ?

In marking International Women’s Day 2023, many of us might take some time to reflect on what it means to us, our colleagues, families and friends. 

The aim of the day this year is to get the world talking about ‘Why equal opportunities aren’t enough’ and to #EmbraceEquity. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging are said to require equitable action.

For women currently in or entering politics, this concept can ring true in many cases. While it is positive that there is increasing encouragement for young women to enter political roles and office, the criticism that some are faced with can have a negative impact on our desire to pursue ambitions in the area. In such a case, having an equal opportunity is not enough if there isn’t a feeling of inclusion and belonging. 

In recent months, we have witnessed female politicians across the world, such as Jacinda Ardern and Nicola Sturgeon, speak about the mental toll that their jobs have had on them personally. This sentiment was surmounted during the week as Ireland’s Junior Minister, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill noted publicly that politicians should remain contactable for voters but nobody should face vile abuse, as part of the Irish Sun’s Call This Out Campaign.

In recent days, Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl met female members of the Oireachtas and announced a taskforce to look at the physical, verbal and online threats that women politicians in particular receive. This builds on the Government’s Zero Tolerance strategy, which, led by Minister Helen McEntee, pinpoints 144 actions under four pillars — ­protection, prevention, persecution and policy coordination to tackle gender based violence.

Of course, criticism is not exclusive to female politicians – it can happen to anyone, but in a world where we encourage female representation, and as we reflect on #IWD23, it is important that we do our best to look out for each other and facilitate an environment that makes women feel empowered to pursue their ambitions. 

Chloé

Chloé Sullivan is part of the Public Affairs and PR team at Fuzion Communications who operate from offices in Dublin and Cork

Is “Bias”​ blinding us to opportunities?

December 1, 2021

The Authority Gap – Why women are still taken less seriously than men and what can be done about it.

On the latest episode of the #WinHappy podcast I chatted with political and economic journalist, broadcaster, non-executive director and author of the best seller, The Authority GapMary Ann Sieghart.

Her life experiences and three years of extensive research brought her to writing this book and taking on the challenge of closing the gender gap.

Mary Ann wants men to listen so when I reached out to feature her on the podcast she agreed.

We had a lively discussion including areas where there might be a different type of authority gap when it comes to men such as parenting.

It’s a big issue, that I suspect we will always grapple with..

Click the link here to enjoy the show!

All episodes of the podcast are available on all the usual podcast apps as well as Spotify.

I’m interested in what you think..

Greg

At Fuzion Communications we produce the Win Happy podcast as well as many podcasts for clients.

Choose to Challenge – International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

International Women's Day - Choose to Challenge

On international Women’s Day 2021, there is a particular theme that was calling women to action with a very proactive ask, “Choose to Challenge” which came with an explanation:

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change – So let’s all choose to challenge!

With this “call to action” there were some other specific asks of women as outlined further in the IWD website:

How will you help forge a gender equal world?

  • Celebrate women’s achievement.
  • Raise awareness against bias
  • Take action for equality.

Within Fuzion we encourage a challenging environment for all of the team, which is part of our core values, Bravery.

In every job description that we write, you will see it written and to us it is an important attribute, every bit as important as the basic skill sets required for each role.

We challenge each other, our opinions, our views and our ideas and we will challenge our clients to think differently and not to be afraid to disagree when we believe something is going in a wrong direction – you get that with us!

So, with all of that in mind I asked the team to record an episode of the Win Happy podcast to mark this years International Women’s Day, to discuss the theme and the different elements and to see how they felt about them.

For the record, I did offer to pass the hosting duty to anyone else and in the spirit of Fuzion, everyone, male and female were invited to participate but due to workload issues (and maybe a little shyness!) this episode featured Dee (Deirdre Waldron), Suzanne Meade and Niamh Lawlor who are all part of our Communications team.

The conversation was really interesting and revealing.

The team loved the “bold” call to action and spoke about how women can often be more reluctant than men to challenge.

They spoke about emotional leadership, a huge strength that women can bring to any organisation, Dee’s work and initiatives as President of Network Ireland, the huge role of mothers and friends as influencers, that men should be part of the conversation and not excluded, and thankfully they have not experienced bias in their careers.

However, they did acknowledge that the industry that we operate in might lend itself to that.

It makes for good listening.

Click on the link here or search for Win Happy on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts – we will be there!

For the record, some of the very best people that I work with are women and if I thought for a second that they were not prepared to challenge there would be something very wrong.

Just this morning on our weekly “hello” Monday morning team Zoom call, we had a very robust conversation about an opinion that I shared and they came at me in force!!

….if I told you what it was, I could have a busy day getting nothing done except arguing!

So today, I salute the brilliant women that I work with and the many brilliant women that I deal with on an ongoing basis. In particular, I salute my mum who is just incredible, such a positive driving force – you have no idea!

#ChooseToChallenge 

(you won’t find me wanting!)

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion Communications who offer Marketing, PR, Graphic Design and Digital Marketing services from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland


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