Women Speak Out: Capacity Building Project
WRDA is pleased to announce a new project ‘Women Speak Out’, aimed at building the capacity of women in south Belfast. The programme commenced on Tuesday 3rd November with a workshop in Mornington Women’s group, looking at specific issues with particular concern to women. One of the issues was the developing Childcare strategy, which was facilitated by WRDA. The views & concerns of women were incorporated into a response to OFMDFM, thereby enabling women’s views to be taken into account when determined policy and strategies. A series of events will be held with women to help inform Belfast City Council’s community planning engagement. Information sessions will be held with around 50 women to build capacity around local community plans. The information sessions will inform women about the community planning process, what it is, what it involves and why it’s important to be part of the process. The women will be asked a series of questions which will help inform the publication of a report which will be given to Belfast City Council’s Community Planners to ensure they address the barriers faced by women when it comes to engaging in the community planning process. We will be working with several Belfast City Councillors, including Councillor Hargey to host the final event at Belfast City Hall where the report findings will be presented. After the final event in Belfast City Hall, the participants will have the opportunity to take a guided Bus tour across the city highlighting the contribution that women have made to the development of Belfast city over the past 100 years. This will also dovetail with the unveiling of a stain glass window in Belfast city Hall dedicated to the role women have played in this centenary.