At present the SDLP has two female MLAs and one female MP, with several female Councillors. The SDLP was also the first female to lead a party in the North of Ireland.
SDLP Derry City Councillor Angela Dobbins is the current chair of the SDLP Women's Group.
While all political decisions affect women, certain issues such as equality, childcare, education and domestic violence impact directly on women's lives. Our aim is to ensure these issues are high on the political agenda.
In order to maximise latent skills and talents to enable women to reach their full potential in the party and in public life, training is vital. The Women's Group has organised a number of courses, and a training needs-analysis is an ongoing and central part of the life of the group.
A number of women have joined the Party through contact with the Women's Group. We want to build on this.
The main woman's group is Belfast-based and membership is open to all woman in the party, and their are several regional groups throughout the North.