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Clare Bailey

2021 Fellow

Member of Legislative Assembly, Green Party of Northern Ireland

VVEngage 2021
Northern Ireland

Clare Bailey is the Leader of the Green Party of Northern Ireland and was first elected as a Member to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2016. She is the current chair of the NIA Women’s Caucus, Chair of the All-Party Group on Arts and served as Vice Chair to the APG on UNSCR 1325 as well as Co-Chair to the APG on Domestic & Sexual Violence.

Upon taking her seat, Clare was the first member of the legislative assembly in Northern Ireland to designate as Feminist. She is an ardent Women’s Rights campaigner and continues to fight for abortion rights. Before being elected, she worked for a charity helping victims and survivors of sexual & domestic violence.

As a lone parent, she experienced the economic and social barriers faced by many marginalised women and spent time living in a homeless hostel with her children. In 1981 she was one of the first 28 children to attend NI’s first integrated school where she remains a proud alumni. Returning to education as a mature student, she graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Politics major and Culture & Media Studies minor degree in 2009. During her time at University, she was involved in student politics and elected as Mature Student s Officer.