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How the Assembly Works

Every Tuesday from 27th January to 23rd June 2015, 9.15am-12.45pm.

By attending one of these free education sessions from Assembly Community Connect you will gain an understanding of how the Assembly works and how to engage with it more effectively. Issues covered include the work of the Assembly vs. work of the Executive, the Speaker and his role, the Assembly week and the scheduling of business and Committees. The session closes with a tour of Parliament Buildings. You can register your interest in joining one of the sessions by emailing outreach@niassembly.gov.uk or by calling one of the team on 028 9052 0321.

Documenting Change Exhibition

Thursday 5th to Saturday 28th February 2015. Exchange Space, Belfast Exposed Studio.

Documenting Change is the central theme of the 2015 Belfast Exposed Training Participant exhibition. This annual exhibition showcases work created by students who have taken part in Stage Three training over the last year, employing portrait, street and/or documentary photography skills. For more information please visit the Belfast Exposed website or email training@belfastexposed.org.

NI Science Festival

Thursday 19th February to Sunday 1st March 2015. Various venues.

Tickets are now available for the huge range of events taking place as part of the NI Science Festival, which will explore everything from space to the natural world. The full programme will be announced shortly. Check out the festival website or the official programme to see what's on offer.

Therapeutic Art Workshops

Every Friday at 10-2pm from 20th February. Windsor Women's Centre, Belfast.

These workshops will provide a safe space to explore creative ways of taking care of your mental health. There will be space for fun and playful interactions with different art materials and each other. Everyone is welcome - you don't need to be an artist, you just need to like being creative. Materials aare free and refreshments will be provided. You can sign up by calling Wendy or Kathy on 028 9023 5451.

NI Festival for International Women's Day 2015

Tuesday 24th February to end of March 2015 2015. Venues across NI.

Women's collective Reclaim the Agenda compiles a festival programme every year to celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March. This time around, over 50 events are taking place in venues across Northern Ireland under the theme No Peace Without Women. Highlights include a major Belfast rally on 7th March and a series of lunch time lectures in the Ulster Hall. Download the official programme or visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com to see what's on in your local area. p


Wednesday 26th February 2015, 9am-1.15pm. Baby Grand, Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Northern Ireland's leading conference for communication professionals. Over a half-day, delegates will discover more about the range of channels that should form part of any effective communications strategy and explore the importance of skills such as talking to the media and responding to crises. Speakers include Siobhan Doherty, Chief Executive of Aware Defeat Depression and Deborah Harris, Public Relations Manager at Belfast International Airport. The conference fee is £210 (inc. VAT). There is a discounted rate for the voluntary/community sector at £180 (inc. VAT). Find out more here.

STEM Network

Thursday 26th February 2015, 10am-1pm. Malone House, Belfast.

The second ever meeting of the STEM Network, set up recently to share ideas and good practice amongst STEM employers. Mentoring will be a key topic of discussion and there will be information from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) about mentoring courses and the practical application of mentoring in some STEM companies. If you would like to join then network and attend this event, please contact Donna Heaney on 028 9050 0558 or email dheaney@equalityni.org. More information is available here.


Thursday 26th February 2015, 11am. Holywell Building, Bishop St, L’Derry.

Celebrate another successful year with the FWIN team at their 2015 AGM. More information to follow soon, but you can register now by emailing info@fwin.org.uk or calling 028 7126 6291.

Defining inequalities and poverty: taking collective action

Thursday 26th February 2015, 12.30pm–4.30pm. The Mount Business and Conference Centre, Belfast.

Inequalities are interpreted and understood in different ways by sectors and agencies in the city. The purpose of this workshop, jointly hosted by Belfast Healthy Cities and Belfast Strategic Partnership, is to agree a definition of inequalities and to initiate the development of a tool to support organisations in the city to assess the impact of their policies and practice on inequalities and poverty. Speakers include PHA Chief Executive Eddie Rooney. To learn more, give Caroline Scott a call on 028 9032 8811.


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

Every Thursday evening from 26th February to 2nd April 2015. Realta Civic and Social Space, Belfast.

Alliance for Choice will be giving women another chance to take part in Challenges and Choices, a popular training programme which looks at the position of women in NI and how to take action. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. For further information and to register on the programme please send your name, address and contact number to kellie.odowd@btinternet.com.

Ethical Fundraising Workshops

Tuesday 3rd March, 10am to 12.30pm. Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Banbridge.

This workshop, run by Community Change, will provide an overview of a range of ethical funders/charitable trusts interested in funding faith based activities. Participants will gain an understanding of the do’s & don’ts of funding applications, explore what makes a successful application and look at how to use social media for fundraising. The workshop costs £20 for Community Change Members and £30 for non-members. To register for the session, please contact Deirdre on 028 9023 2587 or office@communitychange-ni.org.

Launch of Better Boards, Better Business, Better Society

Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 11am-1pm. Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2.

Join the National Women’s Council of Ireland for the launch of its new handbook for increasing the number of women on boards in Ireland. The keynote speaker will be Halla Tomasdottir, co-founder and lead partner at Sisters Capital, a financial services and private equity company in Iceland. Lynn Boylan MEP, will also speak on her work on the Women on Boards Directive in Europe, and on her time as Chair of Safe Food Ireland. You can register via this link.

My Shoes Might Fit You

Wednesday 4th to 7th March 2015. The Exchange Space, Belfast Exposed.

My Shoes Might Fit You is a photographic exhibition completed by young Roma teenagers living in South Belfast. The exhibition examines the way that Roma culture can often be stereotyped in a negative context and the title reflects the need for empathy, an adaption of the Native American proverb: “Don’t judge a man until you walk two moons in his moccasins”. Photographs explore a number of different themes, including community culture and community spirit. Full information can be found on this webpage.

Corporate complicity and transitional justice - are the UN Guiding Principles providing the standards to deal with the challenge?

Wednesday 4th March, 12.30-2pm. Dalriada House, Jordanstown campus, Ulster University.

Another great event in the TJI Seminar Series, which will be led by Dr Judith Schönsteiner, the Director of the Human Rights Centre at Diego Portales University in Chile. Dr Schönsteiner will discuss corporate responsibility and transitional justice in the Ruggie Guiding Principles, with some reference to Inter-American system jurisprudence, inter alia on Colombia. A paper will be pre-circulated to registered attendees. RSVP to Elaine McCoubrey on e.mccoubrey@ulster.ac.uk.

24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline 20 Years Celebration

Thursday 5th March 2015, 12.20-2pm. Ulster Hall, Belfast.

The 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline began its life on 8 March 1995 as the Women’s Aid Helpline and has become a lifeline to those experiencing abuse. This event will celebrate the last twenty years of the service and offer a thank you to everyone who has helped along the way. Please register your attendance with Claire Monaghan by Friday 27th February 2015 on admin@womensaidni.org or 028 9024 9041. A light lunch will be served.

Energy Advice Forum

Thursday 5th March 2015, 9.45am-1pm. Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey.

NEA NI stage the Energy Advice Forum annually for strategic policy makers and front line energy advisors. It will feature a number of presentations on key energy topics, such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and oil buying clubs, and offer opportunities for networking and discussions. For more information, contact stephanie.ward@nea.org.uk.

Women’s Support Network AGM

Thursday 5th March 2015, 12.30-2pm. First Floor 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast.

Look back over the last eventful year with the WSN team. Please RSVP in advance by contacting Rosanna Holmes on 028 9023 6923 or info@wrda.org.uk.

Encouraging Female Participation in Public Life

Friday 6th March, 6pm. The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Organised with support from Assembly Speaker Michel McLaughlin, this event will feature the launch of a new Cinemagic Film Project on Inspiring Young Women to Engage with the Political Institutions, as well as a conversation with Dame Rosemary Butler AM, the Presiding Officer with the National Assembly for Wales. Wendy Austin will act as host and supper is included. RSVP no later than 27th February by calling 028 9052 0321 or emailing outreach@niassembly.gov.uk.

Introduction to Drama and Movement Therapy

Saturday 7th March 2015, 9.30am-4pm. Maitri Studio, The Mount, Belfast.

This all day course explores how drama and movement can be used as tools for working therapeutically with other people. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to all participants by the Sesame Institute UK, a charity that promotes the use of drama and movement therapy. It costs £100 to register (£80 if booked before 20th February). To learn more, contact Meabh Ivers on 079 6962 4402 or meabhivers@yahoo.co.uk.

Internantional Women's Day 2015 Rally

Saturday 7th March 2015, 1-2.30pm. Art College to Belfast City Hall.

March through the heart of Belfast with hundreds of local feminists and celebrate the achievements of women across the globe. There will be speeches from notable activists once the procession reaches City Hall. All welcome. Feel free to dress up and bring banners!

This Women's Day

Sunday 8th March, 6.30pm. Echo Echo Dance Theatre Studio, L'Derry.

To celebrate IWD 2015, Echo Echo have put together an eclectic showcase of women in the arts, featuring performing drama, dance, music and spoken word poetry. Tickets cost £7 (£5 concession) and are available on the door. Come early as seating is limited. Find out more by emailing sorchashanahan@hotmail.com. p

Feminism and Democracy

Sunday 8th to Saturday 28th March 2015. La Galleria Pall Mall, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London.

An exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Teresa Vanneck-Surplice to mark International Women’s Day. It will explore a number of key themes including efforts to achieve the equality for women and the development of the Magna Carta. Visit Teresa’s website for more information.

Get Involved East Belfast

Friday 13th March 2015, 9am-2pm. East Belfast Network Centre, Belfast.

Get Involved events provide an opportunity for local groups to engage with their elected representatives, discuss local issues and receive guidance on how best to engage with the Assembly. To register for the East Belfast session, which will include a chance to network with MLAs, please contact Assembly Community Connect on 028 9052 0321 or outreach@niassembly.gov.uk.

Informing Local Development Plans: Delivering certainty for communities and investors

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 8.50am-2pm. Riddel Hall, Belfast.

Chambré Public Affairs, in association with Turley, are hosting this half-day conference to examine the local development plans that will soon be put together by the new super councils, which come into being in April. Click here to learn more. Standard tickets cost £135, but discounts are available for some groups. If you have any queries then please contact Iain Hoy on 028 9026 8602 or email iain@chambrepa.com.

LGNI celebration and evaluation launch

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 3-5pm. Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

Friends of Linking Generations NI team are invited to join the team in celebrating the work they’ve carried out over the last three years to bring people from different generations together. Refreshments will be served. Please email infolgni@bjf.org.uk or call 028 9181 3022 to register by no later than13th March. Places will be allocated on a first come basis.


Networking events for self-employed women

Various dates between 19th March and 12th June 2015. Various Fermanagh and Tyrone venues.

Throughout 2015, the Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) is running a packed 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.

Our Children, Our Future

Friday 20th March 2015, 9.15am-1.30pm. St. Mary's University College, Belfast.

Whiterock Children's Centre has organised this conference to highlight the issues around childcare and poverty, and place children at the centre of government policy. The event will feature the launch of the centre’s new strategic plan and website. Contact whiterockcc@hotmail.co.uk to learn more.

Stand Up and Be Counted

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 9.30am-1.30pm (lunch included). Public Records Office of NI (PRONI), Belfast.

Make sure to book early for this cafe-conversation style workshop organised by PRONI, the Community Relations Council and the Ethical and Shared Remembering Project to explore suffrage in relation to gender, citizenship and democracy. Using evidence from historic documents, participants will look at how far we have come since gaining the right to vote. This is a free event, however places are limited so contact PRONI to book a place on proni@dcalni.gov.uk or 028 9053 4800.


Big Donor Summit 2015

Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th April 2015. ILEC Conference Centre, London.

Set to take place as a leading event during Fundraising Week, the Big Donor Summit will look at the most effective fundraising strategies to reach and convert big donors to secure long-term investment. It is aimed at mid to senior management level and will features a range of major donor speakers. You can book to attend all three days of the conference or just a single workshop. More information is available via this link.

Post-graduate Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender

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

A symposium to 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.

In 2015, the annual summer school will take an in-depth look at Gendering the Practices of Post-Conflict Resolution: Investigations, Reparations and Communal Repair. More details, including the programme, are available from this webpage. Deadline for applications is 13th March 2015.

Wise Woman Weekend

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th of August 2015. Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Held on an annual basis, the Wise Women Weekend celebrates female wisdom and gives women an opportunity to connect with each in a safe and nurturing environment. This year, the event will focus on the theme of ‘arising’. Organisers are currently seeking facilitators to hold workshops that can loosely incorporate this theme. To find out more about the weekend or to apply to hold a workshop, please email workshops@wisewomanweekend.com. Click here to visit the event website.

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