WRDA recently attended the buzzing launch of the new Women’s Regional Consortium, which will support the needs of local women from disadvantaged and rural areas. Over 100 women came along to the special roundtable event at the Wellington Park Hotel on 13th February and shared their views on key topics such as welfare reform.WRDA are one of seven women’s organisations that make up the Consortium. We will be working in partnership with Foyle Women’s Information Network (FWIN), Training for Women Network (TWN), Women’s Support Network (WSN), NI Rural Women’s Network (NIRWN), WOMEN’S TEC and The Women’s Centre Derry. Going forward, the Women’s Regional Consortium will act as the established link between the government, statutory agencies and women in disadvantaged and rural areas, ensuring there is a continuous flow of information to and from all parties. The Consortium's work for women from disadvantaged and rural areas will cut across five main areas: 1. Advocacy and leadership. 2. Policy. 3. Research. 4. Service support. 5. Engagement. WRDA Director Anne McVicker said, “We are delighted to be a part of the Women’s Regional Consortium. Put simply this Consortium is all about giving women in disadvantaged and rural areas a voice, and making sure that voice is heard.” The Consortium was formed in response to a survey carried out by DSD and DARD which identified a need for greater support for women in disadvantaged and rural areas. It is supported with funding from both departments.An official report on the launch is available for download here.