The SHE Project says the midlands compares poorly with authorities that have a 50/50 gender breakdown.
Midlands women are being encouraged to get involved in local authority politics.
The SHE Project says women often don't believe they have the skills or knowledge about politics to stand for election.
SHE, which stands for See Her Elected, says the Midlands compares poorly with authorities that have a fifty-fifty gender breakdown.
Five of 19 public reps in Laois are women, four out of 20in Westmeath and just one of 19 in Offaly.
Mullingar's Dr. Michelle Maher is the SHE Project's Regional Development Officer. She says decisions made by local councils should reflect the entire community.