December 2013Public Appointment Vacancies – Appointment of 7 new Board Members to the Board of Invest NI – Closing Date 10 January 2014 DETI is advertising an open competition to recruit 7 new Invest NI Board Members. The process involves an application form and interview process. Appointments are made on merit and applications are welcome from all sections of society.
Remuneration of £11,755 a year is payable. The time commitment is approximately 3 days per month including monthly Board meetings, ad hoc Committee meetings and attendance at occasional evening engagements.
It is important that people from a wide range of backgrounds take up public appointments so that the Boards of public bodies reflect the rich diversity of our society and better understand the needs of the communities they serve.
Women, people with a disability and ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented on the Invest NI Board and applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome. Anyone wishing to receive an application pack (with full details of essential criteria and guidance on the application process) should register their interest with DETI, Public Appointments Unit, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP. Tel: (028) 9052 9214 or (028) 9052 9282, Textphone: (028) 9052 9304 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
31st October 2013
NI Social Enterprise 2013 Awards Winners Announced
Social Enterprise NI announces today the winners of this year’s annual Social Enterprise Awards held in Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture.
Social Enterprise of the year is awarded to Ashton Community Trust. The start up category ‘One to Watch’ went to South Armagh Childcare Consortium, Consumer facing social Enterprise went to Willowbank Ltd, Social Enterprise market builder was awarded to the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. Social Investment deal was won by Drumlin wind energy co-operative for raising £2.7 million in community owned shares.
WRDA would like to congratulate all the winners on their achievements!
Women’s Aid Cookstown & Dungannon Community Pharmacy Project
The Community Pharmacy Project aims “To build the link between Community and the pharmacist through the delivery of information and support, which will encourage an improvement in the health and general well-being of the women who attend the sessions”
With a local pharmacist and key speakers Women’s Aid will look at relevant health and well-being issues that can affect women. Sessions will encourage women to develop a heightened awareness of their own health and well-being. Sessions will highlight the role of the pharmacist as an accessible resource and develop a network of support for the women attending.
12th November 2013 - Better Diet Advice: Cooking a healthy lunch together. (£1 per person to cover lunch)
19th November 2013 - Improve Mental Health- Positive Outlook. (Guest: Aware Defeat Depression)
3rd December 2013 - Healthy Mind and Christmas Craft Making. (Guest: Emily Martin) (£1 per person to cover materials)
17th December 2013 - Drinking Responsibly (Guest: TIPSA) Christmas Log Craft. (£1 per person to cover materials)
7th January 2013 - Woman’s Health and Life Issues. (Guest: CAP~ Debt and Budgeting Advice)
21st January 2013 - First Aid Course. (Guest: Trainer Timothy Anderson)
4th February 2013 - Pampering Morning
11th February 2013 - Evaluation Day
The sessions take place in the Women’s Resource Centre, 27 Old Coagh Road, Cookstown, BT80 8QG from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Refreshments will be provided as will crèche for Preschool children.
For more information or to book a place, please contact Cookstown & Dungannon Women’s Aid on 028 86769300.
Women's Information NI Vacancy
Community Health Development Coordinator
This post is funded by PHA until March 2015. The Post is to provide development support to WINI Community Health Information Workers/Community Health Champions and Community Health Action Programme across disadvantaged areas of Belfast
The Post will entail working directly with local women, women's groups and other local stautory and Voluntary organisations. Knowledge and experince of delivering community health related projects/programmes is essential.
Please note that WINI intends to interview shortlisted candidates in their offices on Lisburn Road on Wednesday 6th November.
Starting Salary NJC SO1 pt30 £25727
For more information, contact Women's Information NI on 028 9038 2022. Download an application pack here.
Shaping the future of collaboration support for the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland
Building Change Trust has commissioned the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (www.ivar.org.uk) to help it consider:
1. The future support needs (between now and 2018) of Northern Ireland’s community and voluntary sector organisations with respect to collaboration
2. How support for these needs can best be provided between now and 2018
IVAR is running a survey to seek your views on these questions. It is anonymous and only the IVAR team will have access to the survey responses. A preliminary analysis of the results will be presented to the Building Change Trust and CollaborationNI partners at the end of November with more detailed plans to be agreed in the New Year.
Please complete the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y9X75MC by 5pm, Friday 1st November.
Footprints Women’s Centre Vacancies
NEETs Project Worker (Maternity Cover)
The NEETs Project Worker will be responsible for the delivery, of the ‘Gateway to Progression Project’ within Footprints Women’s Centre. This is a partnership project funded by DEL’s Collaboration and Innovation Fund and managed through TWN. Reference: NEETs-MC-01-13-Salary: £10.20 (per hour) Hours: 20 hours (flexible, to include evening work)
The applicant must possess:
Closing Date: 25th October 2013.
Flexible Childcare Assistant
To contribute to the delivery of efficient quality childcare services within Footprints Women’s Centre. Flexible Childcare Assistants to build up a list of bank staff.
Reference: FCCA-03-13-Salary: £6.19 per hour
The successful candidate will be expected to have:
Closing Date: 1st November 2013.
For an application pack for either job, please contact Sinead McCarry on Tel: 02890923444 or email email@example.com.
Reading and Writing for Peace Project
Charmain Jones, CSI Officer with RCN has been approached by Leon Litvack from Queen’s University Belfast who is interested in running a creative peacebuilding programme in the Mid Tyrone area through Rural Community Network. It is envisaged that this programme could take place at our offices (day or evening time) during the month of December or January 2014.
This project would include undertaking:
This is an extremely innovative and creative community relations project, therefore RCN are having an open call for those interested, to register their names with Charmain. QUB is particularly interested to have younger participants in the 16 – 25 age bracket as well.
There would be 10 spaces available on a first come, first served basis and if there is enough interest, then it would be envisaged that this project would run in December/January.
Please email Charmain@ruralcommunitynetwork.org or ring 028 8676 6670 to register your interest as soon as possible.
Foyle Women’s Information Network (FWIN) vacancy
Foyle Women’s Information Network, wishes to appoint the following:
Job Title: Policy, Communication & Engagement OfficerHours: 30 hours per weekGrade: NJC Scale SO1 Point 29 - £24,646 pro rataLength of contract: 31st March 2015
For an application pack for this post please contact:
Foyle Women’s Information NetworkDiverseCity Community Partnership12-14 The DiamondDerry/LondonderryBT48 6PW
Telephone: (028) 71266291Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for completed applications is 1pm on Thursday 24th Oct 2013.
This post is funded through the Department for Social Development (DSD), Regional Infrastructure fund for Women.
Alliance for Choice Press Release, 10th October 2013
On Wednesday 9th October, the Northern Irish public learned the story of a brave woman, ‘Sarah’ who was refused an abortion at a Northern Ireland hospital despite the reality of an unviable pregnancy due to severe foetal abnormality.
Primarily, this case highlights the need for the current draft Guidelines on our legislation to be effectively published, taking into account the consultation submissions by groups including ourselves.
Alliance for Choice is calling for :
Alliance for Choice is extremely concerned that the Assembly in Stormont is not effectively representing the views of the Northern Ireland public. Repeated surveys have shown the majority of the population are supportive of a change in the law towards the U.K. 1967 Act and yet the politicians’ continued inaction reflects their disregard for Northern Irish opinion.Information:
In 2009, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, recommended that the NI Assembly “amend the abortion law to bring it in line with the 1967 Abortion Act with a view to preventing clandestine and unsafe abortions in cases of rape, incest or foetal abnormality.”
In July 2013 the CEDAW Committee again reminded the government that it had made recommendations with regard to abortion in 1999 and in 2008 and for the UK and Northern Ireland to ignore these is a flagrant disregard of international standards.
The Guidelines with respect to foetal abnormality and our recommendations:The final sentence in para 1.1. of the Guidance “Intervention cannot have as its direct purpose the ending of the life of the unborn child” is not only medically meaningless but is contrary to the law as defined by case law.
Para 2.7 iv. States that “Fetal abnormality is not recognised as grounds for termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland.” However, there is widespread ante-natal screening for foetal abnormality. When there is an abnormality, this is usually a tragedy for the couples involved in what was a wanted pregnancy. While it used to be possible for families to be provided with a termination in local
For more information please contact either Emma Campbell on 07870216679 or Goretti Horgan on 07973528772
Notes to editor:Alliance for Choice is a cross community organisation that campaigns for the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland. Much of our work has been about making heard the voices of the tens of thousands of women from Northern Ireland who have had abortions in England and elsewhere since 1967.
Ballybeen Women's Centre Vacancy
Early Years Officer (Maternity Cover)
35 Hours per Week, Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 4.00 pmSalary: £15,712.32 per annumReports to: Early Years Manager
Objectives of the Post: To provide childcare as necessary in order to maintain the safety and development of children at Ballybeen Women’s Centre. To monitor and assist in aspects of children’s development, as identified.
To work as part of a team to develop and maintain a suitable programme of activities, which meet the needs of children in the early years facilities
Closing Date: Wednesday 23rd October 2013 at 3pm. For more information contact Janeen Tully on 028 9048 1632 or email@example.com. To download an application pack, click here.
Shankill Women give views on welfare reform
Shankill Road Women gave their views on welfare reform to @bbcmarksimpson this morning. To listen back to the audio feed, click here.
Women’s Aid Vacancies
Ref DSVW13.1: Posts advertised are open to women only. For these posts being a woman is a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with Article 10 (2) (b) (I) of the Sex Discrimination NI Order (as amended). In order to comply with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland is required to explore the successful candidate's suitability to work with vulnerable adults and children through ACCESS NI pre-employment screening.
Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline Worker (2 x 18 Hour positions available). This post will operate over a 7 day rota including evenings, weekends, occasional nights and bank holidays.
Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline Night Worker - Maternity Cover - 12 Months (1 x 24 Hour position available). This post will require working nights, weekends and occasional bank holidays. £18,453 pro rata.
The successful candidates will be required to work as part of a team handling calls, emails and text enquiries to the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline. In addition you will be required to provide guidance and support to the volunteers, who are a valuable asset to the team. The following skills and experience are essential:
A full list of essential criteria is included in the recruitment pack.
For more information, contact Suzanne McIlwee on 028 9024 9041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Translink ‘Have a Go’ Women Only Event
“Have a Go” Ever wanted to drive a bus, well now is that time! Translink are looking for more female bus drivers, if you never thought of it before but can drive, why not? As Translink would like to recruit more females into bus driving roles, they are offering females a unique opportunity to try out first-hand what it’s like driving a bus at our ‘Have a Go Days’ on 15th and 16th October. This event is taking place at Transport Training Services, Nutts Corner, Crumlin, and on the day you can find out more about working for Translink as well as experience driving a bus with our experienced Driving Instructors.
Please see below for more details of sessions, it will last 2 hours.
To book yourplace, please telephone Deborah Bell on 028 9089 9400.
Free English, Maths and ICT courses in Bangor and Holywood
Are you interested in brushing up on your English, Maths or ICT? Would you like to gain a qualification in any of these subjects? Would you like to help your children with their homework?
The WEA is currently working in partnership with SERC to promote free English, Maths and ICT across Bangor and Holywood. If you meet the criteria you are eligible to take part:Aged 19+; not working; not already enrolled in a college course or government funded programme like Steps to Work; intending to look for work now or sometime in the future and not in possession of more than one level 2 qualification.
If you are the co-ordinator of a group or community centre in Bangor or Holywood and you would like to offer any of the programmes on your premises please get in touch with Kelly Barbour at email@example.com or telephone 028 90329718.
Charity Commission opens public consultation on interim reporting requirements for charities
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has opened a public consultation on the interim reporting requirements for all registered charities – and is calling on you to take part.
At present, charities in Northern Ireland are not required to submit annual monitoring returns or accounts and reports to the Commission for inspection. This will change after compulsory registration of charities begins later this year with annual reporting by charities playing an important role in the Commission’s regulation and monitoring work as well as helping to ensure the register of charities is accurate and up to date.
To make the process for regulation and monitoring of charities as accessible and smooth as possible, the reporting requirements for all newly registered charities in Northern Ireland will be introduced on a phased basis.
The Commission’s consultation is focused on phase one, the interim requirements. Under this phase registered charities will have to submit an annual return, including their annual accounts and reports in the format they currently prepare them, to the Commission for annual inspection. A consultation on phase two – the full accounting and reporting regulations – will be held later in 2014.
All consultation details, including the interim reporting proposals, the draft annual monitoring form and details on how you can take part are available on the Commission’s website www.charitycommissionni.org.uk The consultation opened on Monday 23rd September 2013 and will run for 12 weeks, closing on Friday 13th December 2013. For more information please contact the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland on telephone: 028 3832 0220, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pramtastics - Free Programme for mums!
Starting Friday 4th October 2013 – March 2014 a Free New Mums Fitness Programme every Friday from 10:30am – 11:30am.
Meeting Point: Outside Ozone Building, Ormeau Park, Ormeau Road, BelfastIn case it is cold – bring extra layers for you and baby! Parents with Toddlers Welcome Too!
Benefits of the programme:
For more information please contact Camilla - Health Outreach on 07455978938 / email@example.com or Elaine - SureStart on 07713383943 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
This programme is funded by Belfast Health & Social Care Trust.
Women's Organisations Funding Survey
Rosa is the first and only UK-wide charitable fund set up to champion and support initiatives benefiting women and girls. Rosa has commissioned this survey to get a better understanding of the state of funding for women's organisations in the UK today. Your participation will help them do that. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Windsor Women’s Centre Nominated for Top Award!
Windsor Women’s Centre have been nominated for an award: Belfast Business Top 50, through Belfast Media Group.
50 of the top individuals and companies who have pioneered business in Belfast are to be honoured in the Long Gallery at Stormont on Thursday 3rd October 2013 at the Ninth Annual Belfast Business Top 50. They will have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to driving economic success in the city through entrepreneurial leadership. Both businessmen and businesswomen will be on the list, veteran business people and many young guns. Some will be entrepreneurs and small business owners, others executives of major companies.
Well done to all at Windsor!!
Calling all women in the Fermanagh Area!
James Kargbo, a student of the Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment (QUB), is currently doing research for his post graduate studies and would like to ask women in the Fermanagh area aged 18+ some questions pertaining women and poverty. You have been chosen because you are a vital part of this community and your participation is essential for a successful completion of the research. Please rest assured that all information you give will be strictly confidential in accordance with the university’s policy on ethical research and the results are tabulated and analyse for the whole sample and not for any person. The interview is voluntary and should last between 10-15 minutes. Should you come to any question that you don’t want to answer, you can skip or let me know and then proceed to the next question.
Click here to start the survey.
NOTE: This questionnaire is meant for people 18 years and above.
ICTU Recession Quesionnaire
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is gathering information on how the recession and cut backs has impacted in cities, towns and rural areas across Northern Ireland. Anecdotally we know that banks, care homes, health clinics and post-offices are closing not to mention empty shops and factory closures.
To help us capture this information, we have attached a questionnaire which we would be grateful if you could complete and also send out to your membership. Please send all completed forms back either by email to email@example.com.
How has the recession affected your area questionnaire.
Foyle Women’s Aid is Looking for Gardening Volunteers For an Exciting New Project
Foyle Women's Aid are looking for keen gardeners – with a good knowledge of growing fruit, vegetables and plants – to help them grow produce for the benefit of women and children who have experienced domestic abuse at Ashleywood House, Ardmore.
If you are interested and can spare around 4 hours per week, contact the Centre on 028 7141 6800 to request an application pack.
‘Muslim Women: Diverse Voices from Across the Island of Ireland’
What: Tickets to see a public performance of the Hijabi Monologues Ireland (a theatre space for Muslim women’s stories: https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMonologuesEurope); a workshop exploring diversity and multiple identities; and a chance to meet with community and women’s organisations in Belfast. Travel*, food and accommodation included.When/Where: 23rd -24th October 2013, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Who: Anyone working or interested in women’s issues, the Muslim community, diversity, immigration, the arts, community and cultural relations etc.
If you would like to apply, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the information below by 23rd September 2013. All applications considered.
Country of residence: Profession (if applicable):
Description of role/responsibilities (if applicable):
Groups/associations/organisations you are connected with (if applicable):
A short personal story (max 500 words) about why you would like to take part and how you, your organization or your community would benefit:
Traineeship opportunity at European Institute for Gender Equality The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) invites applications with a view to establishing a reserve list in connection with a traineeship opportunity for a graduate who is either a national of an EU member state or an EFTA country.
The traineeship shall be based at the Institute's offices in Vilnius, Lithuania. The registration of applications will close on 3rd October 2013 at 23:00 Eastern European Time (EET).
EIGE is a regulatory agency of the European Union (EU) entrusted with specific objectives related to the contribution and strengthening of gender equality promotion. The traineeship shall aim principally to:
The Institute is an equal opportunity employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, gender or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation. For more information, visit the website.
Vital Signs Northern Ireland
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is piloting the very first Vital Signs Northern Ireland this year as part of a global project looking at the quality of life and issues impacting communities in local neighbourhoods. The Republic of Ireland and many communities in England are also participating in Vital Signs and the project originated in Canada. As part of their original research, they are carrying out two surveys across NI and we hope you’d be willing to participate. Both surveys are completely anonymous. You can access the survey for residents/individuals here (CFNI need as many people as possible to complete this – everyone is welcome!): http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPSBDWM. You can access the survey for community groups and local organisations here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q5XPSTB. (And this survey is for all types of community and voluntary organisations – we want as many different types of groups represented as possible!) If you have any questions about the surveys or Vital Signs please feel free to contact Kat Healy, CFNI on 028 7137 1547 or email: email@example.com.
Women’s aid in Antrim Ballymena Carrickfergus Larne and Newtownabbey are looking for Volunteers to help Women with Court Support
Court support is offered to Women's Aid ABCLN service users who need to attend court on any issue relating to domestic violence but they need volunteers to help out!
If you can offer emotional support, or simply want further information, please contact Laura on 07568106373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out and About Call for New Members
Out and About (a place for young gay/lesbian/bi/queer women aged 16-25 in Northern Ireland) is now open for new members! ... The group meet weekly in Belfast city centre and get involved in many political campaigns, social events, art projects, trips away and gay pride as well as create and design resources for other young LGB women such two short films, a sexual health pack and a post secrets book. It's a great way of making similar minded friends, learning new skills such as film making and editing while gaining some free qualifications and getting involved in gay events that doesn't revolve around alcohol.
The group is confidential and closed to new members throughout the year so you don't have to be out and its completely free have a listen to why two members have joined and stayed! ... For more information email email@example.com.
Belfast Biro Mums! - Writing Motherhood
Belfast Biro Mums is a new creative writing course meant for mums of all ages and backgrounds. It will encourage each woman to explore her personal world as a mother through the vehicle of creative writing, with the aim of producing a small booklet or website of our work by the end. No previous experience of creative writing is required. You may discover the poet inside! All you need is a biro!
Where: Ormeau Library, Ormeau Road, Belfast (Metro Bus No.7)When: Wednesday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The course will run October – December.Cost: The course fee is £21.00 - which is less than £3 per morning. Free places may also be available.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of September.
There is no crèche for this course so it is not intended that young children will come along. However, young babes-in-arms or breastfeeding babies may come along if their mums feel more comfortable with this. This is “me-time” for mums, offering a chance to meet new mums! Tea and biscuits will be provided.
Hands of History - Seminar Series on Women in Donegal's Shared History
Donegal County Council seek individuals or organisations/companies who will work to deliver a Seminar Series on Women in Donegal’s Shared History as part of the Hands of History Project between September and November 2013. These seminars will raise awareness of the important role women have played throughout the history of Donegal. The seminar series, in addition to focusing on the pivotal role women have played in Donegal throughout history will also explore the following aspects:
The successful supplier will develop and deliver a programme which will highlight the cross-community nature of these experiences and use this story to build peace and reconciliation between communities in Donegal.
Quotations are being invited from suitably qualified individuals or organisations/companies to carry out this work. The successful group/individual will work closely with the Hands of History Project Officer to ensure that all elements to be delivered are covered within the agreed programme timeframe and meet the project objectives.
The closing date for submission of your proposal and quotation is Friday 30th August 2013 at 2 p.m. Quotations can be accepted by e-mail to email@example.com or by hard copy to Rachael Mc Crossan, PEACE III Hands of History Project, Donegal County Council, Community, Culture and Planning, Station Island, Lifford, Co. Donegal.
Please mark all submissions clearly “Hands of History - Seminar Series on Women in Donegal's Shared History”. Any queries regarding the brief should be directed to Sarah Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 074-9172586.
Barnardo's and NICEM childcare research
NICEM and Barnardo's are working together to research the childcare needs of ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, and are seeking to hear the views of parents. They are looking for parents;
The purpose of the short questionnaire is to investigate the childcare needs of ethnic minority communities in Northern Ireland. All responses are anonymous and there is the option to enter a prize draw at the end of the survey to win £50, £30 or £20 worth of gift vouchers. The survey is available in ten languages. For more information on taking part in the research please contact Mark from NICEM on 07730 747 865 or email@example.com.
Just for Girls DJ-ing Course at FWIN
Ever wondered what it would be like to be up there in the DJ box watching people dancing to your tunes?
This is the course for YOU!!
FWIN are now offering a unique training opportunity for young women aged 16 – 24 years who are currently NOT in Education, Training or Employment!!!
Our exclusive “Just for Girls” course offers you the opportunity to learn all the essentials of DJ-ing. No previous experience necessary, all you need is a love of music and a willingness to ‘have a go’.
Sound Good? Contact Maureen Fox to hear more on Telephone: 02871 266291 or Email: Maureen@fwin.org.uk.
Queens Park Women's Group Vacancy
Queens Park Women's Group currently require a Finance & Admin Worker
Part time 24hour post (until August 2015). Salary £11,232. Based at Queens Park Womens Group premises 10 Portland Avenue, Glengormley, Newtownabbey. Summary of Main Responsibilities.
This Job Description is not intended to comprehensively list the responsibilities of the post, but to indicate the main areas which at this stage appear to be the essential requirements of the post. An Application form, Job Description and Specification is available by email from firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone : 02895 439117.
Completed hard copy application forms must be returned to Queens Park Womens Group Office in an envelope clearly marked “Job Application” by 12 noon on Friday 16th August 2013. Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 19th August 2013. CV's and late applications will nto be accepted.
QPWG is an equal opportunities employer and adheres to all Fair Employment and Section 75 Legislation.
Resource Allocation (Women’s Groups)- Call for Applications
Lisburn City Council is the Lead Partner for the Lisburn-Castlereagh PEACE III Partnership covering the Lisburn and Castlereagh Council areas.
The Partnership is currently in the process of delivering Phase II of its PEACE III Action Plan. As part of this Plan a Consortium of five established community organisations in the Lisburn/Castlereagh area, with expertise in women focused project delivery, is currently engaged in a large scale women’s empowerment project.
Atlas Women’s Centre, who are the Lead Partner in this Consortium, is now inviting other like-minded community or voluntary organisations from the Lisburn/Castlereagh City Council area to deliver smaller scale women’s projects. These projects, which can have a value of up to £1,500, should be in keeping with the overall aim of the Action Plan’s Women’s Groups theme, namely:
‘To improve the confidence of women and families to engage in peace building on a cross community and cross council basis’.
As this call is for ‘Resource Allocations’, successful applicants will not receive any funds directly, rather the Lead Partner will procure and purchase all the resources required to deliver the project. This will leave the applicant free to deliver the project without the burden of any financial administration.
Full details and advice on programme content can be obtained directly from Atlas Women’s Centre, however the types of activities which would be eligible for funding include: training courses, women’s engagement initiatives, personal development programmes, residentials and small community projects. (NB this list is not exhaustive and for illustrative purposes only).
For more information and to request an application pack please contact Atlas Women’s Centre at:e-mail: email@example.com (preferred method of contact). Tel: 028 9260 5806.The closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 4pm on 9th August 2013.
'Lads' mags' given cover-up deadline by Co-operative - BBC News
The Co-operative has given so-called lads' mags six weeks to cover up their front pages with sealed "modesty bags" or be taken off sale in its stores.
The 4,000-outlet retailer said it was responding to concerns by its members, customers and colleagues about images of scantily-clad women on covers.
Titles such as Front, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo have been given a deadline of 9th September by the Co-op.An industry body said the titles showed the "diverse interests of young men".
The Co-op, which is owned and run by its more than seven million members, introduced opaque screens for lads' magazines on some shelves earlier this month.
Latest VIEW Magazine out now
The latest issue of VIEW magazine, the free online magazine for the community and voluntary sector is out now.
GRIT Residential recruiting for female participants, aged 16-24
Opportunity Youth are currently recruiting for N.E.E.T. (not in education, employment or training) young FEMALES aged 16 to 24 years for their upcoming G.R.I.T. Residential Project.
The residential is a unique experience which encompasses personal development, learning through physical and mental challenges and a recognised OCN qualification.
The initial selection day is on Tuesday 3rd September at the Belfast Activity Centre, Barnett's Demense, Malone Road.
The residential at Sheep Island View Hostel, Ballintoy, County Antrim, is from Monday 9th to Friday 13th September 2013.
For more information or to register to attend the selection day, contact Marty McNutt on 028 7137 1162 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Austen to be face of the Bank of England £10 note - BBC News
Author Jane Austen is to feature on the next £10 note, the Bank of England says, avoiding a long-term absence of women represented on banknotes. The Pride and Prejudice author will be the next face of the note, replacing Charles Darwin, probably in 2017.
In April, the Bank prompted a high-profile campaign against the prospect of having no female characters, besides the Queen, on the UK's currency. It had announced that Sir Winston Churchill would be put on the £5 note from 2016, replacing social reformer Elizabeth Fry.
The latest announcement means that women could be absent from newly issued banknotes for up to a year, although the Elizabeth Fry £5 note will still be in circulation.
PPR Tools for Action Summer School opens for applications
“It is the way human rights work should be, but isn’t, done”.
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights speaking on the work of PPR (January 2013)
Want to know how human rights can be used to make change on the ground? Since 2006, Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) has worked with people to use human rights in addressing a wide range of social and economic problems relating to social housing, mental health, regeneration, unemployment, and children’s play. As a result, people we have worked with have made real and lasting changes in some of Northern Ireland’s most marginalised communities.
PPR will be holding their third Annual ‘Tools for Action’ Summer School in The Mac, Belfast on 28-30th August 2013. The sessions will last from 10am – 3pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 10am to 1pm on Friday.
The curriculum will include the following:
Places are limited. To register, please complete the online Summer School Application Form hereThis year, one travel bursary is available. If you would like to apply please complete The Inez McCormack Bursary Application Form.
For more information, please contact Fiona Joyce by email at email@example.com or by phone on 028 9031 3315.
NSPCC Launch the Underwear Rule Campaign
The NSPCC have recently launched the Underwear Rule campaign. This UK wide campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to have simple conversations with their children to help keep them safe from abuse and to give them the confidence to do so.
NSPCC are helping parents and carers to teach their primary school aged children the Underwear Rule. The rule helps children understand that their body belongs to them, that they have the right to say no, and that they should always talk to an adult they trust if they're worried.
Find out more about the campaign and watch the 'Private Parts' video at: www.nspcc.org.uk/conversations.
Read the NSPCC's tips and guidance for parents and carers at: www.nspcc.org.uk/underwearrule.
RCN - Epilogues Programme
Rural Community Network is offering local practitioners, community volunteers and other interested persons, the opportunity to take part in a four day training programme called Epilogues - www.epilogues.net.
The training is free of charge and will take place at RCN in Cookstown during September 2013.Dates are:
Please contact Teresa/Charmain on 028 8676 6670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to register or get more details.
Leading the Change for Women's Equality - NWCI launches new Strategic Plan 2013- 2015
National Women’s Council of Ireland celebrated its 40th anniversary at an event on Friday June 14th, 2013. On this occasion NWCI also launched its new Strategic Plan 2013 - 2015 and its Annual Report 2012.
Orla O’Connor, NWCI Director opened the event, which saw Minister of State Kathleen Lynch launch ‘Leading the Change for Women’s Equality’ the new NWCI Strategic Plan (2013-2015). The Plan is the result of intensive consultation with NWCI members over the last months.
To download the Strategic Plan and the Annual Report, click here.
Alliance for Choice produce document to aid consultation responses
Alliance for Choice have produced a 'Key Points for Consideration’ document (see below) around the current DHSSPS public consultation on the ‘Guidance for the Termination of Pregnancy’. The guidelines and consultation will not ensure that the 1967 Abortion Act is extended to NI. What it does do however, is to provide a consultation opportunity for women to have their voices heard on the issue. Feel free to use some or all of this document in your response or even to send an e-mail to the DHSSPS to say that you would prefer the 1967 abortion act to be extended to Northern Ireland. Alliance for Choice are asking women’s groups, trade unions and individuals to comment on the guidelines to ensure that they reflect values that are pro-woman, pro-family and pro-choice. Please note the deadline for submissions is Monday 29th July. For further information please contact Kellie O'Dowd at Alliance for Choice by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.AFC Key Points for Consideration Document.
I Heart 1967
I Heart 1967 have begun an online campaign calling on the Northern Ireland Assembly, by International Women's Day 2014, to hear the UN, medical professionals and, most importantly, the Northern Irish public in their plea to review the current abortion laws, extend the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland, and end the practice of forcing individuals to continue with unwanted pregnancies, travelling unsupported to access abortion services in England, and using illegal abortion pills or otherwise.
For more information on the campaign and to lend your signature, click here.
Annual Childcare Cost Survey 2013
Employers For Childcare Charitable Group have launched the annual Childcare Cost Survey 2013. The organisation is calling on all parents in Northern Ireland to share their views on childcare by completing a short survey.
Each year Employers For Childcare Charitable Group ask parents about their experience of using and paying for childcare. The results of the Northern Ireland Childcare Cost survey are used to campaign for more financial assistance for parents with their childcare costs.
By completing the survey, you will be in with the chance of winning over £800 worth of family prizes.Whether you are a parent that looks after your children yourself, uses childminders, day nurseries, afterschool clubs, grandparents, siblings or a mix of all of the above, Employers For Childcare Charitable Group wants to hear your views!
Go to www.childcarecostsni.co.uk now to complete the survey.
East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA) move offices
EBCDA moving offices! New address is:East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue, BT5 4FP.Phone and email addresses unchanged.
Maternity leave consultation opens in Northern Ireland
Stephen Farry, the employment minister, will launch a consultation about childcare arrangements in Northern Ireland later.
From 2015 parents across the rest of the UK will be able to split 50 weeks leave after the birth or adoption of a child - it will no longer be available just to mothers. Parents and business owners are being asked if the scheme could work here. The department say the proposals will give parents greater choice.
Dr Stephen Farry, said: "These proposals have clear potential to benefit working families, and indeed employees generally, whilst helping employers embed more flexible employment practices that are well suited to the needs of today's changing economy.
"A bill is currently progressing through Parliament that will introduce these rights in Great Britain. It is clear to me that there is a desire for a frank and open debate on working parents' rights in Northern Ireland which takes account of these developments.
"I would welcome the views of stakeholders in order to inform my decisions on whether to follow the UK proposals or to take a different approach."
The consultation period will close on 23rd August 2013. Access the consultation here.
Warm Homes Scheme
The Warm Homes scheme is the Department for Social Developments main tool in trying to tackle fuel poverty throughout Northern Ireland. The scheme is aimed at Home Owners or Private tenants who are in receipt of one of the qualify benefits. It provides free cavity wall and loft insulation and new oil or gas central heating system is also available for those who are in receipt of one of the Warm Homes plus benefits and who have no heat, solid fuel, Economy 7 or LPG heating. Loft top-ups are also available for houses that have not been insulation in the past ten years.
Recent research has shown that 44% of people in Northern Ireland are living in fuel poverty. The scheme really does make a huge difference to people lives and I would be delighted if we could work together in getting this information out to the community.
For more information visit the website: www.warm-homes.com or Tel 028 7962 8509.
The United Nations wants to hear from you!!
Vote for the changes that would make the most difference to your worldThe United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Tell the UN about the world you want, because your voice matters.
First Steps Women's Centre New Course Timetable!
First Steps Women's Centre in Dungannon have launched their new timetable for September 2013 courses at the Centre. Click below to access the list of courses on offer:
First Steps Women's Centre September 2013 Timetable.First Steps Women's Centre September Course Application Form.
Ballymena to become a Safe Town for people living with domestic abuse
Mayor of Ballymena, Ald PJ McAvoy, welcomed local businesses along to the Braid Arts Centre, to acknowledge their support for people living with domestic abuse in the town, and helping Ballymena become a Safe Town for anyone living with abuse.
A total of 66 businesses and organisations in the borough, including Ballymena Borough Council, PSNI, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Ballymena Library, Northern Regional College, Adair Arms Hotel, Churches, constituency offices, shops and a wide range of other organisations supported the Onus Safe Place and Safe Employer initiatives, which are the first ‘pathways’ to becoming a Safe Town. Colette Stewart, Onus Business Manager, explained how the Onus ‘pathways for participation’ work: ‘One in four women and one in nine men will experience domestic abuse at some stage during their lifetime. Organisations such as Women’s Aid, Victim Support and PSNI are doing everything they can to support those living with abuse, but we believe that everyone can do something. The Safe Place initiative for example simply signposts to local support services, but to us it is more than just the Safe Place logo. It is a statement, that there is an alternative to living with domestic abuse and support will be available when that person needs it’. Mayor Ald PJ McAvoy said during his speech that he was delighted with how much progress had been made in Ballymena in the past year, and thanked all those who contributed to making Ballymena becoming a Safe Town. For further information on how to tackle this issue in the workplace, please visit www.onustraining.co.uk for further information on our wide range of services on offer or contact 028 2563 2136. Anyone dealing with domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414. Safe Place resources also give contact information for PSNI, Victim Support and Childline.
Shankill Women's Centre Part-Time Teaching/Facilitator Register
Tutors and facilitators are invited to submit CV's to be held on a register for Shankill Women’s Centre, this register will be held by Shankill Women’s Centre and may be shared with other community organisations.Shankill Women’s Centre wish to recruit tutors and facilitators for the following areas:
Previous teaching experience essential. CV should include previous teaching or delivery, employer reference details, expected salary and if accreditation can be supplied. CVs will be held on file should vacancies arise. CVs can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to Mrs Roberta Gray, Education Manager, Shankill Women’s Centre, 151/157 Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 1FD.
Grow Your Charity Online with Google
As a charity, you know better than anyone how tough it is doing incredible things on a shoestring budget. But did you know you could drum up even more volunteers and donations through social media, video and other online tools?
To tell you more, Google has teamed up with Media Trust and Charity Technology Trust to launch Grow Your Charity Online.
There are stacks of free tools to try, and you could even get extra support from Google Grants. Better still, you don’t need to be a computer whiz to start seeing results. http://www.growyourcharityonline.com/uk.
National Women’s Council of Ireland welcomes publication of X Case Legislation but raises concerns
The government published the General Scheme of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 on April 30th 2013. The publication of the Bill is the response of the State to its obligations arising from the European Court of Human Rights Judgement in the case of A, B and C v. Ireland in 2010.
In response to the publication of the Heads of the Bill on Protection of Life during Pregnancy, Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland said,
“We welcome that after 21 years of inaction, the government has finally proposed legislation to give effect to the X Case judgement. This is an important step towards ensuring that women’s lives during pregnancy will be protected. The National Women’s Council of Ireland will assess the details of the bill over the coming days and issue a more detailed briefing in due course. We will in particular look at the Bill’s capacity to ensure the necessary legal clarity and provision for realistic procedures that will allow a woman in practice to exercise her constitutional right to an abortion in life-threatening circumstances, including suicide.”
Click here to download the NWCI Information Brief on the Bill.
Northern Ireland Minister for DSD: Rescue the sculpture celebrating shirt factory women of Derry/Londonderry Petition
The DSD commissioned artist Louise Walsh to create a public art piece that would celebrate the shirt factory workers of this city. It was completed six years ago with collaboration from the women who were workers in the factories. It was to be put up at Harbour Square behind the Guildhall. The last six years has seen nothing but red tape from the DSD causing delays in getting the art piece constructed.
A petition on Change.org is calling on the DSD to rescue the sculpture, commissioned by the DSD to celebrate the Derry/Londonderry women shirt factory workers' skills and contribution to the identity of this city. This iconic sculpture is the missing link for every family in the city to the culture we are celebrating this year and it needs to be here in pride of place, not lying ignored in an engineering yard.
To sign the petition, click here.
'Guidance on Termination of Pregnancy in NI' Consultation
DHSSPS have produced a guidance document for health and social care professionals on termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland. The document “The limited circumstances for a lawful termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland: A guidance document for health and social care professionals” does not change the law but builds on previous versions that have been subject to public consultation and consideration by Northern Ireland courts.
A public consultation is being held on the document and the closing date for responses is 29th July 2013. Access the document here.
Petition to name Dublin bridge after Rosie Hackett
There are currently 16 bridges over the river Liffey in Dublin's city centre. 13 of these bridges are named after men and not one of the bridges is named after a women. This petition is calling on Dublin City council to name the new Marlborough Street bridge the Rosie Hackett Bridge.
Born in 1892 Rosie Hackett became a messenger in Jacob's biscuit factory in Dublin. She joined the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union when it was founded in 1909 and less than a year later she was one of 3,000 women in the factory who went on strike and won a pay rise. An activist, she encouraged the women yet again to join in the epic labour struggle - the 1913 Dublin Lockout which lasted more than four months - and saw some 20,000 workers on strike. When she was dismissed from Jacob's factory she trained as a printer.
She was one of the small group who endeavoured to print the 1916 Proclamation on a faulty printing press and brought the first copy, still damp, to James Connolly.
She was a member of the Irish Citizen Army and served with Constance Markievicz and Michael Mallin when they occupied the Royal College of Surgeons in the Easter Rebellion and was sent to Kilmainham Jail. On her release she re-founded the Irish Women Workers' Union with Louie Bennett and Helen Chenevix and for years she served as clerk in the union which, at its peak, organised about 70,000 women, including bookbinders, contract cleaners, laundry, print and electronic workers. Later she took charge of the ITGWU's newspaper shop on Eden Quay. In 1970 Hackett received a gold medal in recognition of her 60 years' service to the Irish trade union movement yet she is almost forgotten in today's world.
Sign the petition here.
The Health of Ageing LGB&/T People in Northern Ireland Survey
Calling all LGB&/T people 40+ - we want to hear from you.
The following survey is targeted at LGB&/T people who are 40+ and living in Northern Ireland and has been developed by Rainbow Project in partnership with RQIA, the Public Health Agency, HereNI, Age NI, UNISON, and Independent Health & Social Care Providers NI. The information gathered will be completely confidential.
The aim of this survey is to explore the lived experience of LGB&/T people relating to their care, their perceptions of care and how they would like to see services being provided in the future. This information will support the development of guidelines for care providers to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and tools to meet the needs of older LGB&/T people in Northern Ireland.
This survey should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. If you are interested in taking part in a follow-up focus group please complete your details at the end when requested to do so.
You can access the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VF6CK62 and hard copies will be available at the Belfast LGBT Centre.
One Billion Rising Flash Mob, Belfast
One Billion Rising is a global campaign calling for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality.
On February 14th, 2013, a one-day event was held. A call for one billion women around the world to join together to dance in a show of collective strength. This is Belfast's 'One Billion Rising' story.
ONE BILLION RISING : BELFAST from Campaign Social on Vimeo.
The National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) have launched a report "Putting People First: Putting Women in the Picture", a proposal to ensure the social inclusion of disadvantaged women in the reform of local government.
You can access the report here: Putting People First Women in the Picture Report. For more information on the NWCI, visit their website.
The impact of the economic crisis on women and men and on gender equality policies - New European Report
This European report aims to assess the impact of this crisis on the situation of women and men in Europe and on gender equality policies.This report is a product of the EGGE and the EGGSI expert networks of the European Commission. It covers 27 Member States, the EEA-EFTA countries and three candidate countries: Turkey, Croatia and FYROM. The report draws four main conclusions of the crisis.The first conclusion is that there has been a levelling down of gender gaps in employment, unemployment, wages and poverty over the crisis. This however does not reflect progress in gender equality as it is based on lower rates of employment, higher rates of unemployment and reduced earnings for both men and women.The second main conclusion of this report is that the labour market behaviour of women over the crisis has been similar to that of men. The traditional view that women behave as employment buffers, called in when demand expands but pushed back when it contracts has been challenged for previous crises, but has been definitely refuted by the experience of this crisis. The contemporary ‘buffers’ are young men and women on temporary employment contracts and migrant workers.The third main conclusion of this report is that, while there is evidence of contained but uneven retrenchment in welfare provisions in the first years of the crisis, there is a threat that fiscal consolidation may ultimately reduce both the welfare provisions being made and the related employment with associated gender equality impacts.The fourth main conclusion is that in the vast majority of countries gender mainstreaming has not been implemented in policy design and policy implementation over the crisis. Neither recovery nor consolidation measures have been assessed from a gender perspective in the vast majority of cases.Read full version of the report.
Let’s talk success
Let’s Talk Success is the Lifestart Foundation’s new one-to-one speech, language and communication initiative available to parents of children from birth to five in the following Western Board areas: Derry/Londonderry, Strabane, Limavady, Enniskillen and environs. Aimed at supporting parents to develop speech, language and communication skills in their children; the initiative will promote school readiness and reduce barriers to learning. Dependent on identified need four to six Let’s Talk Success sessions will be made available to families in their own homes over the months of February and March 2013. Referrals can be made directly to the Lifestart Foundation – a designated form is available and referrals will be accepted by email or over the telephone. Please note sessions begin on Monday 4th February and places are limited so referrals should be submitted as soon as possible. Read more about Let's talk success here. For further information contact Karen or Emma on 028 7136 5363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
NI Childcare Cost Survey 2012 Report
This is the third annual Childcare Cost Survey for Northern Ireland. Year on year Employers For Childcare Charitable Group collects, records and analyses the change in childcare costs across the region. Childcare Cost Surveys have been conducted in the other regions of the UK for the past 11 years. The Northern Ireland survey allows us to compare and contrast childcare costs across the whole UK.As well as detailing childcare costs by childcare type and county, the survey also explores the challenges parents face in using and paying for childcare. This two-fold perspective allows us to capture not only the cost of childcare but also the impact this has on families in Northern Ireland.
Read the full report here.
Latest Newsletter from Women's Information NI
The latest January edition of WINI's (Women's Information Northern Ireland) newsletter is available below. The newsletter has full details of their upcoming Complemetary and Alternative Therapies Fair in Knockbracken and a list of upcoming courses and one-off events. WINI January 2013 Newsletter.
Free benefit check service at First Steps Women’s Centre
First Steps Women’s Centre are now offering a FREE Benefit Check Service. If you or anyone you know would like to make an appointment or to find out more information on this service, please contact Pete Maguire on 028 8772 7648 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning to Learn – A framework for early years education and Learning
The Department of Education Early Years Strategy Team, wish to draw your attention to the publication of Learning to Learn – A Framework for Early Years Education and Learning which was launched by the Minister for Education on 4th December 2012. The document is subject to a focused consultation which provides an important opportunity to consider if any of the proposed actions for early education and learning require further refinemenr. The focused consultation period lasts from the date of publication and concludes on the 31st January 2013.
Copies of the document and response booklet can be found at: http://www.deni.gov.uk/learning-to-learn.htm.
SURVEY: Regional Support for Women Survey
Please find attached the link to a joint DSD/DARD survey designed to determine the specific needs of grassroots women’s organizations in disadvantaged and rural areas in terms of regional support. It is a short survey which should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. However, it is vitally important that where asked for detail you provide as much specific detail in respect of the needs of your organization. General statements such as “we need policy support” should be avoided. More useful to us would be the subject areas in which your organization requires such support.
Information gained from this survey will help DSD and DARD to shape future regional support arrangements. Any organizations in receipt of this email which are membership organizations may wish to forward it to their members.
Please note the closing date for responses is Friday 21st December.
Hard copies of the survey are available by writing to Corporate Services, Voluntary and Community Unit, Level 3 Lighthouse Building, Gasworks Business Park, Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 2JB.
New Funding Booklet Available
Jim Nicholson MEP has launched a funding booklet “An Introduction to European and Local Funding Opportunities” , the bboklet is a great resource as to the funding oppotunitiies available to Northern Irish groups and organisations.
Download the booklet here: http://www.jim-nicholson.eu/Jim-Nicholson-MEP-Funding-Booklet.pdf
Definition of domestic violence is extended to include ‘coercive control’
The current definition of domestic violence, which formally applies to adults, has been extended & widened to incorporate the aspect of “coercive control”, including emotional and physical abuse. It has also been widened to apply to victims under the age of 18 years old.
The first high profile case to be tried under this new definition is that involving TV personality, Justin Lee Collins. After being convicted of harassing his former girlfriend, Collins was sentenced to a mere 140 hours of community service. Chief Executive of the Women’s Resource Centre, Vivienne Hayes, commented to the Guardian that 'The problem with such a light sentence is that it sends out a message to both men and women that domestic violence is not that serious, when in reality we know that its impacts are devastating.'
Marie Stopes Opening in Belfast – “The Detail”
A LEADING sexual health organisation has confirmed it will be providing abortions privately when it opens its first centre in Northern Ireland next week.Marie Stopes told The Detail that any pregnancy terminations conducted at its new premises in Belfast would be performed within Northern Ireland’s current legal framework for abortion.A spokeswoman said: "Medical abortion up to nine weeks’ gestation will be available at the centre. Our provision of early medical abortion will be the same service that is currently available from the NHS in Northern Ireland, available only within the current legal framework: that is, if a woman’s life is at immediate risk or there is a risk of ‘real and serious’ long term or permanent damage to her physical or mental health, she may have an abortion in Northern Ireland.”The new centre opens next Thursday, October 18th.
To read the full story visit: http://www.thedetail.tv/issues/129/abortionclinic/marie-stopes-centre-to-open-in-belfast-next-week.
UN Under Secretary and Head of UN Women addresses women's conference on anti-racism
Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Head of UN Women called on women from minority backgrounds in Ireland to be leaders and to send a clear message to policy makers and society at large that racism, discrimination and violence against women from minority backgrounds comes at a cost to society.Formally opening (through video link up) the Irish Network against Racism’s Women’s Conference in Dublin on 2ND October Ms Bachelet stated that, “Relative to other women, those of minority backgrounds seldom reap the benefits of economic growth. Policies that may benefit some or most women in society may not benefit al women in society and most is just not enough." She added “In difficult times women of minority ethnic backgrounds generally pay the highest price."
Read the full press release here: http://www.nwci.ie/download/pdf/press_release_2_oct__womens_conference.pdf
Hanna's House latest e zine available now
Hanna’s House October e zine: http://www.hannashouse.net/PDFs/ezine_sept.pdf
Decrimalise Abortion protest in Belfast
On October 6th, Pro-Choice supporters gathered at Belfast city hall to protest the current laws relating to abortion in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
'Decriminalise Abortion' - Belfast Street Demo from Campaign Social on Vimeo.
'A Wee Taste' - Play on Underage Drinking
Special free performances for parents Tues 16th and Wed 17th October 2012
Are you worried about alcohol and your child?
Last November, Sole Purpose Production's new play on underage drinking, A Wee Taste, won rave reviews from all who saw it. A Wee Taste, tells the story of Jenni, a 13 year old, who wants to be like everyone else. Her mother notices the change in her daughter's behaviour but feels powerless to do anything about it, although a wee glass of wine of an evening helps. Suddenly everything changes when Jenni's drinking brings her close to tragedy. Written by Patricia Byrne (Don't Say A Word, See No Evil), A Wee Taste features gripping performances by local actors Carmel McCafferty (Máire – A Woman of Derry) and Gemma Walker (Every Move You Make), and stunning direction by Shauna Kelpie.
Underage drinking is a worrying trend and has been a problem in Derry Londonderry for quite some time. Research shows that 44% of young people in N Ireland had their first alcoholic drink between 11 and 13, with 15% being even younger. The same research has shown links between excessive alcohol consumption and physical harm, unsafe sexual behaviour, unintended pregnancy, traffic and other accidents, suicide and self-harm, failure at school, mental health problems and anti-social behaviour.
Many people commented how useful this play would be to parents or young people and as such we are staging two special performances of A Wee Taste this month, aimed parents and those who work with young people. We believe it is an accessible and engaging way to tackle this difficult subject. Parents and youth workers are invited to attend, along with young people aged 13+.“A Wee Taste is an engrossing and compelling play, it all worked really well. I noticed that all the young people around me were engrossed too – quite an achievement! Gemma Walker and Carmel McCafferty were brilliant, the script flowed really well. Congratulations!”Christina McClements, The Northlands Centre
There are two performances, the first in Oakgrove Integrated College at 7pm on Tuesday 16th October and the second at the Playhouse on Wednesday 17th October at 8pm. Both performances will be followed by short Q&As with the actors in character. A Wee Taste was been developed in consultation with the Northlands Centre, The Drink Think Project, and Community Direct. It is supported by The Drink Aware Trust. Both performances are free of charge but please do book your place – for the Oakgrove performance contact John Harkin on 028 7186 0443 or email email@example.com and for the Playhouse performance contact the box office on 028 7126 8027 or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.
For further information on the play and the work of Sole Purpose Productions please contact the Artistic Director, Patricia Byrne, on 028 7127 9918 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New guidelines issued on domestic abuse - BBC News
The definition of domestic abuse has been widened so it covers forms of non-violent coercive behaviour and under-18s for the first time.
It means behaviour such as preventing partners from leaving the house or having access to a phone could lead to a prosecution. It is hoped the broadened definition will increase awareness of what domestic abuse is and who suffers it.
The Home Office says more prosecutions could be brought as a result. It also wants more youngsters to come forward and access the support they need - for example, speaking to someone about the abuse or contacting a helpline or a specialist service.
The changes, which will be implemented in March 2013, follow calls from local authorities, police and voluntary organisations. The Association of Chief Police Officers welcomed the change, saying that, on average, two women a week and one man every 17 days were murdered by a current or former partner.
Read the full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19640257.
Breast cancer screening does 'more good than harm' - BBC News
Breast cancer screening saves the lives of two women for every one patient who receives unnecessary treatment, according to a major European review.
There has been a fierce debate about the use of screening, and policy is being reviewed in England. The latest study, published in the Journal of Medical Screening, said at least seven lives were saved for every 1,000 women screened.
Health charities say the findings will provide further clarity for women. Mammograms spot dangerous tumours, increasing the chances of survival, but also detect lumps that are essentially harmless, exposing some women to undue anxiety and surgery.
Tens of thousands of women die from breast cancer across Europe each year. The effectiveness of screening programmes across the continent was evaluated in a series of studies. It concluded that for every 1,000 women screened, between seven and nine lives were saved and four cases were over-diagnosed.
Read the full article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19571173.
CRC Mark Anniversaries
The Community Relations Council have launched a webpage dedicated to Marking Anniversaries to coincide with the Decade of Centenaries period 2012 – 2023. Texts from the Decade of Centenaries lecture series and videos are available along with a timeline of significant events and other resources. One of the videos available focuses on The Women’s Movement in Ireland 1910 – 1922 with a lecture by WRDA Director, Margaret Ward.
Join Greenway Women’s Centre on Facebook
Greenway Women’s Centre has set up a Facebook page to help keep Centre users up to date with events at Greenway. You can view Greenway’s Facebook Page at: http://www.facebook.com/GreenwayWomensCentre.
OFMDFM Funding Report
OFMDFM have published a review report of Funding for Women’s Groups and Organisations.
Groups welcome passing of Bill on gender quotas - Irish Times, 20th July 2012
GENDER QUOTAS are set to become law after the Electoral Amendment (Political Funding) Bill 2011 passed all stages in the Dáil yesterday.
The legislation, which has yet to be signed by the President, will halve State funding to parties unless 30 per cent of their candidates at the next general election are women. This figure will rise to 40 per cent at subsequent general elections.
An advocacy group that campaigns for gender equality in Irish politics, the 50:50 group, welcomed the Bill’s passage and praised Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, who sponsored the legislation. Chairwoman Edel Clancy described the development as “extremely positive”. “International research continually shows that candidate gender quotas are a successful contributor to increasing women’s political representation worldwide.
“We warmly welcome the gender quota proposal as we believe it will contribute significantly to redressing the gender imbalance in Irish politics,” she said. However, she called for the quota to be extended to local elections in 2014.
The lobby group Women for Election also welcomed the development, but said the legislation would not be enough to encourage more women into politics. Co-founder Niamh Gallagher said other “proactive” measures, such as mentoring and training, were necessary to encourage more women to run for office.
The legislation has proved contentious in the past, with a small number of Government backbenchers speaking out against it.
Earlier this year Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran said the measure was essential to bring more women into politics, but warned “there’s going to be blood on the floor” at selection conventions as a consequence.
Rally for Choice - Belfast
On 7th July Youth Defence had their 'Rally for Life in Belfast' but did not forsee the huge resistance to this in the form of a 'Rally for Choice' organised for the same day as a counter measure. If you missed out on attending the rally, you can catch up on the action from the video below...
Rally for Choice - Belfast 2012 from Campaign Social on Vimeo.
Oxfam - Ending Poverty Starts With Women
You're more likely to go hungry and be kept out of school if you're a woman. You're also less likely to own land or have the right to make decisions affecting your life. Poverty has a female face. But so does the solution.
Ending Poverty Starts With Women is Oxfam's new campaign to put women's rights on the agenda. We want to secure greater government support for projects that promote women's rights and combat violence against women and girls.
Sharon Corr is lending her voice to our campaign and we want you to as well. "I’m proud to support the campaign because when women are treated as equals, everyone benefits. Please join me by adding your voice too."
For more information visit the website: http://www.oxfamireland.org/women/.
Greater North Belfast Women Networking Celebration Event
WRDA would like to congratulate Greater North Belfast Women Networking (GNBWN) on the recent launch of their report ‘A report into the Development of the Greater North Belfast Women’s Networking Initiative’. The report tells the story of the women’s journey to date from March 2010 to March 2012; how they have moved forward and plans they have for the next phase of their development. Baroness May Blood provided the keynote speech and opened the group’s art installation, which comprised photographs of the work of the women over the last two years displayed on ceramic plates. Lynn Carvill who attended the morning launch said, “It was a really enjoyable event and to see how women from all different areas and backgrounds have come together to tackle issues of common interest is uplifting. They are a great group of women ably led by Anne Carr who is evidently passionate about bringing women together to build relationships and work collectively. An interesting and quirky art installation was also unveiled and I was over the moon to see our report cover from ‘The Northern Ireland Economy: Women on the Edge?’ immortalised in ceramic!”
New Fund backs Northern Ireland women
A new Fund has been launched to help local women achieve their full potential.
Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the new Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland was launched on Thursday 24th May at Stormont.
A target of £25,000 has been set for the first year of the fund and a call has been made for local people and businesses to pledge their support through a number of ways.
These include raising the profile of the Fund amongst their own networks and local communities and contributing towards the fundraising target.
Explaining why the Fund had been established, Dr Joan Smyth CBE, Chair of the Steering Committee set up to oversee the Fund, said; “I imagine most people can recall a time in their life when the supportive action of another allowed them to advance their career, their education or perhaps even take a brave step into the unknown.
“The Women’s Fund aims to help women overcome the barriers currently preventing their personal development, by providing small grants to foster and develop new opportunities in their own lives.
“I firmly believe that this is our opportunity to work together to empower local women to take the next important step in their own lives, in order to fulfil their potential. “I do hope everyone, male or female, will join me and others in support of this important initiative.”
In the first year of operation, the priority of the Fund will be to support young women, aged 18-30, to help build confidence and self-esteem, leadership skills, new knowledge and skills, to improve health and wellbeing or literacy and numeracy. Helen McKeever, Fund Development Manager with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, believes; “A Fund focussed on women in Northern Ireland could make a huge difference to our society and indeed our economy. To paraphrase the current US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton; investing in the potential of local women is one of the surest ways to achieve economic progress, political stability, and greater prosperity for women in Northern Ireland. We have already seen the contribution women have brought to the peace process, with women taking part on the floor of the Assembly and participating right up to Executive level at Stormont, where the Fund was launched. The message must ring out clear to all our women and girls – you can reach your potential, and the Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland is here to help you.”
For further information, or to make a contribution to the Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland, visit www.communityfoundationni.org/donate.
Lo and Curran delighted with Northern Visions/NvTv Interim Funding
Alliance South Belfast MLA Anna Lo and Laganbank Cllr Cathy Curran have welcomed the news that NvTv had secured interim funding after talks facilitated by Belfast City Council with DCAL and the Arts Council.
Anna Lo said: "I raised this issue with the Culture Minister in April and I am delighted that NvTv has secured interim funding. NvTv makes an invaluable contribution to the arts community and creative industry of Belfast and Northern Ireland, providing jobs, developing specialised skills and bolstering the local community. I had grave concerns that the loss of NvTv would create a significant cultural deficit at a time when we need to prioritise growing our cultural product."
Cllr Cathy Curran said: "I am relieved that NvTv have secured interim funding and sincerely hope that a solution for their funding can be secured in the long term. At a time when we are celebrating the success of events like Titanic Belfast and MTV Europe Music Awards, it is vital that we continue to support our local arts community and the development of a vibrant arts and creative sector. Both Anna and I will be monitoring this funding situation with great interest and wish NvTv all the best for the future."
JRF Report – Monitoring poverty & social exclusion in Northern Ireland 2012
How have poverty, work, benefits and education changed in Northern Ireland since 2009?
This new report from The Joseph Rowntree Foundation updates the 2009 report, written as the recession was hitting Northern Ireland especially hard. Northern Ireland had seen a steeper rise in unemployment than any other part of the UK. Since then, there has been long-term improvement in some areas but persistent problems in others.
Key points from the report -
To read a copy of the full report you can access it on the JRF website - http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/monitoring-poverty-northern-ireland-2012.
NI Commissioner launches Welfare Reform Publication
The NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) launched two publications on the 26th April on Welfare Reform and its potential negative impact on families with children. Please find below links to the press release and the publications. Issues highlighted at the event include:
Press article: http://www.niccy.org/article.aspx?menuId=14348. View or download the reports at:http://www.niccy.org/article.aspx?menuid=14265.
JOIN THE MAY DAY PROTEST 2012
Belfast Women say: “Empty Cameron and Clegg’s purse not ours”
1st May 2012 meet at Speranza’s just below Shaftsbury Square and then gather at the protest venue. 12.00pm. Back to the Future-Women and poverty, again
Who are we? We are women who are (and whose families are): Community Workers, Civil Servants, we work in the Private Sector, and for the NHS, we work as volunteers, we are unemployed, lone parents, immigrant workers, we are pensioners and teenagers. We are from the communities of, North, South, East and West Belfast.: we are individuals and we are in organisations. BUT unlike the 23 Ministers who help to make up the British Government, we are not millionaires.
PROTESTThis protest is taking place on the 1st May in Belfast is to show our opposition to Government Policy regarding the Welfare Reform Bill and the attacks on social services and jobs. The Reforms are complicated some have been implemented , they began last year and will continue for at least the next five years- It is not just the “reforms” in benefits that we are concerned about, but also the whole dismantling of the National Health Service and Welfare State.
See our press statement and leaflet for more details, available on the day. Women, men, youth, community organisations and trade unions are all welcome.
Small Wonders childcare centre gets £700,000 of EU funds
A childcare centre in west Belfast is to get £700,000 in EU funding to promote its cross-community work.
Twelve new jobs are to be created at the Small Wonders project off the Shankill Road. It is the group's second education facility and aims to provide childcare places for children from the Falls and Shankill areas. The project is jointly funded by the executive and the Irish government.
Betty Carlisle from the Shankill Women's Centre, which manages the initiative, said it would have long-term benefits for the community. "I think for the children that they're going to be growing up thinking this is just quite normal and it would be a quite normal walk through those barriers up there and come to the Shankill community and vice versa for kids in the Shankill," she said.
Congratulations to Shankill from all the staff at WRDA!
Village Surestart offers new dimension for children
Village Surestart's sensory room in Belfast adds a new dimension of learning across all areas of the curriculum. For example, sand and water play changes under UV lights with the addition of Tonic water and washing powder stimulating sight, touch and smell. Painting with UV paints encourages creativity. Using projector wheels users can tell stories and promote imaginary play. The shape projector and the changing of colour support mathematical development.
The sensory room is an excellent addition to Village Surestart's quality day care facility and was opened in 2010 with funding from Children in Need. This room is the only interactive sensory room in a day care setting in Northern Ireland. All the equipment can be controlled by the children, even by those as young as six months old. This facility is free to parents and professionals by appointment.You can see more on Village Surestart's website www.villagesurestartchildrenscentre.co.uk.
To arrange a visit or find out more details contact 028 9043 7701 or email email@example.com
Hanna’s House Spring Edition Ezine
Welcome to the Spring edition of the Hanna’s House Ezine. We hope you will find it relevant and interesting and that we can engage you in a conversation on the feminist issues that we are passionate about. This season’s focus is on the subject of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325), and ideas on how we can implement the resolution throughout Ireland and the positive impact it could have on women who have been affected by conflict.
To read these articles open the PDF here: Hanna's House Spring ezine or go to www.hannashouse.net and to keep up to date with our activities around the country which include film and networking evenings, seminars, parliamentary briefings and an all-Ireland conference in Croke Park on 5th November click into www.facebook.com/hannashouse we look forward to seeing you at one of these events.
Urgent information for Working Age Couples with Children who get Working Tax Credit
Couples with children who are receiving Working Tax Credit where one partner is receiving Carer’s Allowance are at risk of losing their full tax credits unless they contact the Tax Credit Office by 6th April.
From the 6th of April the Government is increasing the number of hours a couple with children has to work in order to receive Working Tax Credit (lone parents are not affected).
Instead of needing to work for 16 hours or more a week couples with children will have to work 24 hours a week or more. If they are unable to find the extra hours they will lose their entitlement to Working Tax Credit. However, following campaigning from Carers UK and other groups including the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group and USDAW the union, the Government has announced that couples including someone on Carer’s Allowance will be exempt from this increase from 16 to 24 hours.
This means that a couple with at least one dependent child and where one partner is entitled to Carer’s Allowance, will continue to be able to receive Working Tax Credit if one parent is working for at least 16 hours a week. This includes people with an ‘underlying entitlement’ to Carer’s Allowance - where you are entitled to the benefit but it is not being paid to you because you receive other benefits which are seen to ‘overlap’ with Carer’s Allowance.
The Tax Credits Office should already know that someone in your household is receiving Carer’s Allowance if you informed them of this when you claimed Working Tax Credit. However if you are not sure, and particularly if you have started to receive Carer’s Allowance since you claimed Working Tax Credit, you should contact the Tax Credit Office to tell them you are entitled to Carer’s Allowance.
To contact the Tax Credit Office, you can call 0345 300 3900, email via www.hmrc.gov.uk/contactus/email.htm or write to: Tax Credit Office, Preston, PR1 4AT
You should provide your full name, date of birth, National Insurance Number and email address (if you have one) and inform them that you fulfil one of these exceptions.
New entitlement to childcare costs
As well as protecting carers from this change, the Government has announced that couples receiving Working Tax Credit which include someone receiving Carer’s Allowance will now be able to claim extra tax credits for childcare if they pay for registered/approved childcare. Again, if this applies to you, you should inform the Tax Credits Office to ensure you receive the extra amount. You can do this from 6th April, but should do it by 6th May 2012.
For more information on the Government’s other changes to the benefits system, read our Welfare Reform Frequently Asked Questions at:
Female genital mutilation officially banned in Ireland - The Journal
A bill outlawing the practice was passed by the Seanad this afternoon having already gone through all the stages in the Dáil.
As well as prohibiting the practice, the new legislation means anyone resident in Ireland who takes a girl abroad to have FGM performed will now be subject to prosecution in Ireland.
AkiDwA, the network of African and migrant women in Ireland which had campaigned for the legislation, said that the Bill sent a clear message to parents and guardians that FGM will not be tolerated.
Senator Ivana Bacik , who had first proposed the Bill, said that the legislation had been long overdue. Over 3,000 women living in Ireland are believed to have undergone FGM.
To read the full story.... http://www.thejournal.ie/female-genital-mutilation-officially-banned-in-ireland-399707-Mar2012/.
A ‘Safe Place’ in Dungannon
A new service in Dungannon aims to raise awareness of services available for anyone experiencing domestic abuse. Safe Place is funded by the Dungannon Community Safety Partnership and has been created by the social economy business Onus, in conjunction with local PSNI and Cookstown and Dungannon Women’s Aid. Safe Place is a recently developed initiative, where victims can access information on services provided in relation to domestic abuse. Local businesses, agencies, Churches, Council facilities and community groups will display the ‘Safe Place’ logo, to indicate they have information within their premises.
Any additional businesses who would like further information on the Safe Place initiative or ‘Pathways For Participation’ to support people living with abuse would be welcomed. Information can be obtained from Colette Stewart at Onus on 028 2563 2136 or by visiting the website www.onustraining.co.uk.
NICMA has launched a new initiative entitled Childminding Solutions.
This new emergency childminding scheme is aimed at families, who require childcare at short notice, in an emergency or at a time of need. This service will also enable parents to attend training.
Childminding services will be offered in a childminders home, tailored to meet the specific needs of parents in local areas and may include weekend and overnight care. As a parent you can be confident that your child is being cared for by a local registered childminder, who holds appropriate insurance cover.
Search the NICMA website www.nicma.org to access a childminder in your local area or contact Lyn Bradley on 0871 200 2063 Monday to Thursday 9am - 4.30pm, Friday 9am - 1pm. There is no fee to access the list of registered childminders. Charges for childcare will be negotiated on an individual basis.
Irish women earn 17% less than men
Women are still earning substantially less than men in Ireland despite efforts to promote equality in the workplace. According to a study by the European Commission, women here earn on average 17.1 per cent less than men. The study also indicated that only 123,000 women in Ireland earn more than €50,000 per year in comparison to 254,000 men.
The report, published today to coincide with European Equal Pay Day, noted the gender pay gap existed even though women did better at school and university than men. It found women across the European Union earned on average 17 per cent less per hour than their male counterparts.http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0302/breaking15.html
Charity Commission Report
The Charity Commission has recently published a report into the first 100 concerns that it has received, and how it has investigated them. The report will benefit charities who want to get their governance right. This women’s groups dotted across Northern Ireland, many of whom have been granted charitable tax status. Access the report here http://www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/RSS/Updates/Charityconcernsreach100.aspx
The Pink Ladies Pins and Wedding Favours
The Pink Ladies have designed and are selling their very own ‘Pink Ladies Pins’ which are on sale for £1 fromt he Gasyard Centre. The Pink Ladies also provide Wedding Favours for your special day.
If you are interested in purchasing either a pin / wedding favours or would like more information, contact Michelle on 028 7136 5330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Older Women shouldn't dismiss Cervical Cancer Risk - Telegraph Too many think that the smear test is "irrelevant" for them, according to a YouGov poll for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, because they wrongly think the cancer is just caused by sleeping around. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9028190/Older-single-women-dismissing-cervical-cancer-risk.html
NICVA's Gender Budgeting Masterclass takes place
On Friday 18th November the Centre for Economic Empowerment’s third masterclass examined the important and emerging field of gender budget analysis. The seminar was addressed by Professor Ailsa McKay of Glasgow Caledonian University, a leading authority and practitioner of gender budget analysis in Scotland and the UK. Professor McKay was joined by Lynn Carvill. a women’s sector lobbyist with the Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) in Northern Ireland, who is working with others to establish a Northern Ireland Women’s Budget Group.
Full details of the day including all the presentations and comments are now available on the NICVA website: http://www.nicva.org/news/masterclass-studies-gender-budget-analysis
Women and the Cuts Toolkit Available Now
Analyse the equality and human rights impact of the cuts on women in your area – the new TUC/Coventry Women’s Voices toolkit shows how!
Coventry Women’s Voices and the TUC have launched the Women and the Cuts Toolkit for unions and local groups wanting to do a human rights and equality impact assessment of the cuts on women in their town or city. The toolkit looks at the impact of the cuts in eleven key areas:
EmploymentEducation and trainingHousingWelfare reformHealthSocial careServices for children and young people (and their families)Legal aidTransportViolence against women Women’s voluntary organisationsFor each area it provides an over-view of what cuts are happening and how these cuts will affect women, including the impact on specific groups of women such as BAME women or disabled women. It then shows how to research the likely local impact of these cuts, giving links to sources of national data that can be broken down by area, suggestions for where to look for local data and a guide to carrying out local consultations.
The toolkit also contains guides to promoting the findings of local research through campaigning, lobbying and media work. Unions and voluntary groups will be able to use this toolkit to provide evidence of what the cuts will mean for women in their area. With many of the cuts having been devolved to local councils, primary care trusts and other local public bodies this local evidence is vital to highlight what the impact on women will be in practice.
You can access the toolkit here: Women and the Cuts Toolkit
Third Sector knowledge portal launches in Northern Ireland
The Third Sector Research Centre, in partnership with the British Library and Big Lottery Fund, have launched a new online Knowledge Portal to enable greater access to research on the voluntary and community sector.
The Portal is a new destination site for research and information, bringing together reports from voluntary and community sector organisations, academic analysis, and government studies in an easy to use online catalogue of links and downloads.
Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, formally launched the Portal as a diverse, reliable new resource for the sector across Northern Ireland and the whole of the UK.The Portal could help your organisation’s publications reach a wider audience. Please contact Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) if you have relevant research or recommendations for inclusion either by email: email@example.com or Twitter: @3rdSectorPortal
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European Women’s Lobby Advocacy Movement
The European Women’s Lobby has initiated a broad European advocacy movement lobbying for comprehensive EU action on violence against women and for a European Year on combating and preventing violence against women. We believe that we would send a strong message if all EWL national coordinations and European member organizations joined the Coalition. If you want to join, please register on the website, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Moreover, please ask your member organizations to join the Coalition.
Your help is also needed to get the support of decision-makers at national level, don’t hesitate to contact your national decision-makers to have them join the Coalition.
NUS launches new website for female students
A new website aimed at supporting female students who have experienced violence has been launched by the National Union of Students (NUS).
The Hidden Marks site is a response to the Union's research report which revealed one in seven female students experience a serious physical or sexual assault during their time as a student. The site is intended to be a "one-stop shop" for information on different support services that are available.
Visit the site at http://hiddenmarks.org.uk/2010/.
Women and Parliaments revised – Engender.org.uk
Dr Catriona Burness has revised Women and Parliaments in the UK to include the results from the UK General Election last year and the elections to the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly in May this year.
This is a fantastic resource which includes listings of all the female MPs since 1918 and all the current and former female members of the devolved governments as well as statistical summaries.(Check out WRDA’s mention on page 31!)
To download the report click here.