One third of all Alliance MLAs and a third of all their councillors are women. This is the highest percentage out of any of the parties in Northern Ireland. Three of the most high-ranking party office holders are women, with Naomi Long as Deputy Leader, Yvonne Boyle as Party Chair and Geraldine Rice as Party President.
Yvonne Boyle, who is a member of the Alliance Women’s Network said: “The inclusion of women in peace building would help make discussions on power-sharing and justice more substantial. This would help ensure that genuine power-sharing can be achieved here.
“We need to involve women in the process of working through community trauma in a way that will help healing and appreciate diversity.
“This conference is particularly timely, coming as it does just before the launch of the gender equality strategy.”