Blog: NI Assembly Election 2022 Results
Blog by Deborah Howe, Senior Policy Officer, Equality Commission NI
The Assembly election results have been historic in a number of respects, not least for the number of women elected. Whilst progress has been slow, we are no longer the region of the UK with the lowest percentage of women in elected positions.
In her latest blog article, Deborah Howe, Senior Policy and Engagement Officer at the Equality Commission, looks at the results:
"Thirty-two women were elected here, up from 27 elected in 2017. Women now make up 35.5% of those elected to the NI Assembly. This is higher than in the UK Parliament (34.6% women) although still lagging behind the Welsh Assembly (43% women) and the Scottish Parliament (45% women). The election saw some parties running with women comprising 50% of their candidates although others were some way below this.
It was good to hear discussion of the need for more women in politics over the weekend, but there is clearly more work to be done to encourage and support women to stand for election."