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Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) is a charity that provides support for women’s groups and networks across Northern Ireland. Established in 1983 (and formerly known as the Women’s Education Project), we are a regional organisation with a mission to advance women’s equality and participation in society. We work with women to achieve social, economic, political and cultural transformation, engaging with women’s groups from disadvantaged urban and rural areas across Northern Ireland. 

Training
We offer women a chance to complete a Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development, enabling them to become Community Facilitators. Once qualified, they are offered employment opportunities in facilitating our training programmes, which cover everything from health issues to leadership. These courses use a proven model combining peer education and experiential learning. They are an ideal way to inform, consult and empower individuals in disadvantaged communities.

We also manage the six year Lottery funded Live and Learn Project, working with fourteen women's organisations to provide further training opportunities to women.

Lobbying and Policy Work
We empower women from local communities and support them to articulate their needs. We work from the grassroots to the highest levels of policy making, providing advocacy and lobbying support. WRDA aims to create enhanced channels of communication between the women’s sector and government in Northern Ireland and bring a ‘gender perspective’ to the discussions and decisions that happen in Stormont. We are represented on a wide range of policy fora and s75 departmental reference groups, enabling us to engage directly with politicians and policy makers. Currently, we are a partner in the Women's Regional Consortium, which aims to give more of a voice to women from disadvantaged urban and rural areas.

Membership, Information and Support
We are a membership organisation and are committed to supporting the 300+ groups, organisations, networks and individuals who have joined us as members. We also have another 300+ associate members in our Community Facilitators. Through this website and our range of publications, we aim to keep our members and the wider public informed about the news, events and funding opportunities relevant to women in NI. Additionally, we manage WomensLink, an e-list for the womens sector, as well as the Women’s Policy Group e-list.

Awards
We have achieved Investors in People Bronze status, in recognition of our excellent management and team structures.

WRDA celebrate International Women's Day 2011
WRDA Staff and Board celebrate International Women's Day 2011
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