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Civil Society, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

Monday 3rd November 2014, 9.30am – 5.00pm. Loughview Suite, University of Ulster, Jordanstown campus.

Christian Aid Ireland and the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster are co-hosting this one day seminar, which will include inputs from Angola, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (IOPT), Colombia, Central America, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Pakistan, Sahel and South Sudan. NGOs based in Northern Ireland and academics from the Transitional Justice Institute will also give their views. A full programme with confirmed speakers will follow in due course, but if you would like to RSVP early please contact Elaine McCoubrey on e.mccoubrey@ulster.ac.uk.


4th November 2014, 6-8pm. Black Box, Belfast.

All WRDA members are invited to join us for our 2013/14 AGM, marking out 31st year. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday 31st October to Robyn on 028 9023 0212 or info@wrda.net. We hope to see you there!

Launch of Transitional Justice Grassroots Toolkit: User’s Guide

Wednesday 5th November 2014, 12pm. Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster

Bridge of Hope, Ashton Community Trust and UU’s Transitional Justice Institute have come together to launch a new user’s guide to their transitional justice grassroots toolkit, which was launched recently and is designed to help people whose lives have been affected by conflict and transition. Please RSVP by contacting Elaine McCoubrey on e.mccoubrey@ulster.ac.uk.

Challenges and Choices: A women’s Guide to the 21st Century

Every Wednesday from 5th November to 10th December 2014, 10am-1pm. WRDA, Belfast.

Alliance for Choice is running this six week training programme to help women understand their position in 21st century Northern Ireland and how to bring forward positive change. Subjects covered will include women and the influence of religion, reproductive rights and modern perceptions of feminism. There are only 15 spaces available so book early to avoid disappointment. For further information and to register on the programme please contact Kellie on kellie.odowd@btinternet.com.

Free PR, Media and Engagement Training

Every Friday between 7th November and 5th December, 10.30am-12.30pm. Holywell Building, L’Derry

Across five weeks, FWIN will share all the basics of how to engage successfully with the media and secure positive coverage. The course will be led by FWIN’s own Policy, Communications and Engagement Officer, Rosie McCann, who has over ten years’ experience as a journalist. You must book in advance by emailing rosie@fwin.org.uk or calling 028 7126 6291.

Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

Friday 7th November 2014, 9am-5pm. York Street Campus, University of Ulster.

An inter-disciplinary research day featuring post-graduate and student presentations from universities in Ireland and the UK. The event is split into three sessions, covering minority identities and transitional justice, grassroots peacebuilding and justice denied respectively. Pre-register by 31st October to mcgirr-g1@email.ulster.ac.uk. Learn more from the University of Ulster website.

Ecstatic Dance*In

Friday 7th November and 5th December 2014, 7-9.15pm. Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

Anyone aged 8-98 is welcome to join these dance sessions and try their moves to rhythms from around the world. No partner or experience needed. Participants can exercise their bodies, minds and spirits in a fun atmosphere of freedom and enjoy a healthy alternative to clubbing. First timers only pay £8, with the usual fee £10, though there are other concessions available. For more info, please contact Julia on aquajewel33@btinternet.com.


Embroidery workshop

Sunday 9th November, 10.30am-12.30pm. Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Make embroidery inspired by the paintings of Colin Middleton, some of which are currently on display in the museum. Learn the basic stiches which will enable you to create simple, straightforward designs and develop skills you can continue to use at home. This workshop is free and aimed at those with no experience or who are still at beginner level. All materials provided. Learn more here.

Annual Clare Macmahon Lecture

Tuesday 11th November, 4.30-6pm. Old Staff Common Room, QUB.

This lecture is being held as part of the Queen’s Gender Initiative, in partnership with the School of Mathematics & Physics. Professor Ewine van Dishoeck, a Dutch Astronomer and Chemist, will discuss her esteemed career. Lecture title still to be confirmed. This is a public lecture and Queen’s anticipates a lot of interest so please confirm attendance by emailing qgi@qub.ac.uk.

Networking events for self-employed women

Various dates between 13th November 2014 and 12th June 2015. Various Fermanagh and Tyrone venues.

The Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) has just released its 2014/15 calendar of events for self-employed women in Fermanagh and Tyrone. Get togethers are taking place throughout the year in local venues. Joining NEW as a member costs just £25 or you can pay £5 to attend one of the events. Check out the full programme here. Email Teresa on think6@gmail.com to learn more.

Reuniting Planning and Health Conference

Friday 14th November 2014. Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

Planning and public health have shared origins, both disciplines arising from the need to tackle poor living conditions in 19th century cities. Exploring planning and health collaboratively today can still create positive health outcomes for all of society. This conference will feature experience and expertise from leaders in the field of reuniting planning and health, and share fresh thinking to help inform new ways of working in the context of local government reform and community planning. It will also showcase how local initiatives can help create healthy cities. Registration will open in December.

Outburst Queer Arts Festival

Friday 14th – Wednesday 22nd November. Belfast venues.

The annual Outburst Festival aims to celebrate and showcase queer art, music, film, performance, theatre and writing from both local and international artists. Highlights this year include a day of events from Belfast Feminist Network (BFN) on Saturday 16th November. First up, BFN and local derby team the Belfast City Rockets will stage a showing of the film Derby Crazy Love, which takes viewers inside the adrenaline-filled world of women's roller derby. This will be followed by a radical craft workshop and then Scundered!, a joint event from BFN and HERe NI where adults will gather together to share their teen diaries, bad poetry and cringeworthy love letters. Click here to learn more. A full programme of events available is from the Outburst website.

Information event on tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Monday 17th November 2014, 9.30am-1pm. Belfast City Mission, Belfast.

Held by the Belfast panel of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland, this event will explore CSE and equip participants with the knowledge they need to help young people they believe may be at risk. It is primarily pitched at volunteers and staff in local community and voluntary groups. For further information or to register, please contact Kathleen on Kathleen.branagh@belfasttrust.hscni.net.

Women in Business NI Awards 2014

Thursday 20th November, 6.30pm to late. Culloden Estate and Spa, Hollywood.

This fabulous black tie event will see almost 500 business women and men come together to acknowledge some of Northern Ireland's most successful business women. The evening will be hosted by local television personality Pamela Ballantine and will feature Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, Psychologist, Research Scientist, Author and TV Personality as a speaker. Guests will enjoy a sparkling reception and delicious four course meal. Tickets are £95 + VAT per person (with an early bird reduced rate available until 31st October). Book or find out more via the Women in Business NI website.

How the Assembly Works

25th November 2014, 9.15am-12.15pm. Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

A free education programme that will provide you with a brief overview of the Assembly, how it works and how you can engage more effectively with it. An optional tour of Parliament Buildings is also offered at the end of the session. Contact outreach@niassembly.gov.uk or call 028 9052 1195 to learn more. To book, please state which date you would like to attend and give your name, organisation, email address, phone number and address.

Launch of Expect Respect

Thursday 27th November, 10.30am-2pm. Pavee Point, Dublin.

Join Pavee Point for the launch of its new campaign to prevent and raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence against young women. Speakers include Michael McKenna, Youth Action Northern Ireland; Jennifer Molony, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit; and Rebecca McDonagh, Pavee Point. Please register in advance by emailing vaw@pavee.ie or calling 00353 18 780 255.


Reclaim The Night March

Saturday 29th November 2014, 7pm. Belfast.

Step out on the streets of central Belfast to demand your right to be free from the fear and reality of rape, street harassment, stalking and all other gender violence that affects women and the LGBTQ community. Marchers will set out from the Albert Clock before weaving their way to Writer’s Square. There will be various speakers, including Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon. Organisers aim to make the march an annual event on the Belfast calendar.

Welfare Reform Information Meeting

Monday 1st December 2014, 11am-1pm. Holywell Building, L’Derry.

FWIN are holding this meeting in response to public confusion about the effects of welfare reform. The event will aim to make as clear as possible exactly what welfare reform entails, what is already in place and what can be expected further down the line. Kevin Higgins from Advice NI and Social Policy Lecturer Goretti Horgan will be there to share their expertise. Book a place by emailing info@fwin.org.uk or calling 028 7126 6291. p

Obesity – A National Epidemic Conference

Saturday 8th December 2014, 8.15am-5pm. The Mermaid Conference and Events Centre, London.

An event for all those working in this area of the public health agenda who are tasked with producing a positive impact in reducing levels of obesity. An overview of the current trends will be provided along with a reflection into the causes and how these can be addressed. A number of speakers have been confirmed, including Prof David Haslam of the National Obesity Forum. Register here. Charity sector delegates pay a reduced fee.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival

8th-13th December. Various venues.

Organisers’ are hoping this year’s festival, celebrating human rights both at home and abroad, will be the biggest yet. Event proposals are currently being sought from civil society groups. Find out more here. Proposals should be submitted before 1st October. Last year more than twenty great events were held in the space of just one week.

Post-graduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender

Friday 8th May 2015, 9am-6.30pm. York Street Campus, Univeristy of Ulster.

Poster and paper submissions from post-graduate students are currently invited for this symposium, which will explore the interface between occupation, transitional justice and gender. The starting point for exploration will be feminist concerns that are broadly focused on issues of power, control and hierarchies. The symposium will feature Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as the keynote speaker. Gender experts from the Transitional Justice Institute and IRiSS will also participate. Full details here.

Summer School on Transitional Justice

Monday 22nd June – Friday June 2015. Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster.

This summer programme will take an in-depth look at Gendering the Practices of Post-Conflict Resolution: Investigations, Reparations and Communal Repair. More details, including how to register, to follow soon.


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