Calling all Women: WEN Wales Launches new Mentoring Scheme

Calling all Women: WEN Wales launches new mentoring scheme to get more women into public and political life

WEN Wales is delighted to launch a new mentoring scheme, and are recruiting a cohort of 25 aspiring women to take part. With a view of getting more women into public and political life WEN are calling for women who are looking to develop or further a career in politics or public life to apply to be a mentee.

Taking part will enable women to develop their political skills and increase the impact and influence they can have on political and public life through mentoring from one of a number of highly influential women, along with bespoke training and peer group support. Mentor’s include Members of Parliament, Assembly Members, Councillors and Council Leaders, through to Chief Executives, Business Owners and Board Members.

If you can demonstrate a clear interest in politics and public life and a commitment to your own and others’ development then this could be the scheme for you. To find out more and to apply visit http://www.wenwales.org.uk/work-with- us/. The deadline for applications is February 26th 2018 .

The National Assembly for Wales was the first Parliament worldwide to achieve gender parity in 2006, however since then, numbers have fallen and we must continue to encourage women to come forward. With only 19 Welsh women MPs since 1918 and only 18% of Council Leaders in Wales being women we have a very long way to go to ensure women are visible and equal in society in Wales. WEN Wales have therefore been awarded funding under the Equality and Inclusion grant by Welsh Government to take forward this mentoring scheme to get more women – and more diverse women – into public and political life.

Catherine Fookes, Director of WEN Wales said:

‘We are absolutely delighted to launch this mentoring scheme to support and enable women across Wales to become more involved in public and political life. Whilst Wales has done well in the past in terms of gender balance, recently the numbers of women AMs has fallen, there is limited female representation across other political arenas, and women are not equally represented across our public life in the board room and in positions of authority. Work must be done to address this and our new scheme is an exciting opportunity and step towards 50:50 representation for women.’

Contact: Catherine Fookes: Catherine@wenwales.org.uk

Tel: 07511 939235

@wenwales / wenwales.org

Note to editors
WEN Wales is a network of organisations and individuals working to advance the rights of women in all spheres of Welsh life. WEN Wales aims to create a fairer society in which women live free from sexism and gender discrimination and enjoy equality in all aspects of their daily lives. WEN Wales is funded by Welsh Government under the Equality and Inclusion Programme 2017

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