Participation in public life - draft policy recommendations
Participation in public life includes the way in which people contribute to, or are involved in, public decision making (such as board membership). It can also include the way in which people can participate in political life (e.g. political representatives; members of political fora).
This involvement can be at various levels including community (such as membership of a community organisation or school board of governors); regional (e.g. election as a local councillor) and national (e.g. election as an MP).
Diversity in public life and ensuring the participation of people from all types of backgrounds, including those protected by the equality laws, enhances the decision-making processes. It provides for greater accountability along with having more representative groups of people influencing and shaping the decisions that affect all our daily lives.
In parallel to the Statement of Key Inequalities in Participation in Public Life in Northern Ireland, we have developed draft policy recommendations for action to tackle the identified key inequalities and wider issues: