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Women in Public Life: Welsh approach

Women in Public Life: Welsh approach n 2012 the Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, hosted a series of seminars on the theme of Women in Public Life. Starting from an examination of the barriers to increasing women's representation, outlined in the "Who runs Wales" report produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, panels of influential women from different sectors were engaged in discussions looking at the barriers to women's participation in public life.

The first seminar was held in the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay on 8 March as part of the programme of events organised to mark International Women's Day 2012.

Key findings from the individual seminars informed the content for a national conference where panels of experts and guest speakers offered practical solutions for enhancing the representation of women in public life. The outcomes of the conference mandated the Presiding Officer to write to Party Leaders asking their parties to consider steps to ensure more women are putting themselves up for election in 2016. The Presiding Officer has also launched a series of lectures profiling eminent role models in traditionally male-dominated spheres; this web portal which will contain details of public appointments in Wales as well as opportunities for appropriate training; and a mentoring scheme aimed at women that will provide intensive personal development and skills training; one to one mentoring support; and role shadowing opportunities at the highest levels to motivate and encourage a number of participants across Wales to be able to successfully apply for public appointments at all levels locally, regionally and nationally.

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