12th February to 12th March 2014Infertility Network WorkshopsThe Infertility Network is providing a range of support workshops in Derry for people suffering the effects of infertility. The programme began last year, but there are still two of the helpful sessions remaining. They are both free of charge and will be held in a neutral, modern venue with no reference to infertility upon arrival.
Workshops available are:Depression awareness, 12th February 2014Fertility Counselling, 12th March 2014
For more information and to book a place: email: firstname.lastname@example.org text: 078 3798 7562 or Phone: 028 9082 5677.pp
Belfast City Council has launched a new programme aimed at enhancing the skills of Belfast’s community sector and helping them adjust to the major changes that will come with the pending Local Government Reform. The programme will cover a wide range of subject areas, collaborative working, strategic planning , developing outcomes, governance and risk management, financial management, investment readiness and collaborative planning in neighbourhoods. There are seven workshops and each will be delivered in venues in North, East, South and West Belfast and greater Shankill. They are all free, with training materials, resource packs, refreshments and lunch provided. The workshops are open to community groups and representatives in Belfast, including those from areas which will fall within the new Belfast City Council boundary in 2015, including Castlereagh, Lisburn and North Down. Email email@example.com or call 028 9032 0202 ext 3635 to register your interest. For further information about the programme, schedule and venues please go to the Belfast City Council website.pp
A free education programme to provide interested parties with a brief overview of the Assembly, how it works and how you can engage more effectively with it. A number of different sessions are running throughout the next few months on 25th February, 25th March, 29th April and 27th May. Registration takes place at 9.15 on all days, followed by presentations and an optional tour. Register your interest for one of the sessions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 028 9052 1195 or registering online. You will need to state the date you wish to attend and also provide your name, organisation, email address, twitter tag, phone number and address. P
A series of lunch time events at 1pm fronted by academics and well-known women’s sector figures, organised by Reclaim the Agenda. Bring your lunch box along! 3rd March - Mary Anne-McCracken: Pioneer feminist and revolutionary. Lecture by Dr John Gray. 4th March - The forgotten women in Belfast City Cemetery. Lecture by Tom Hartley. 5th March - Where is feminism today? Workshop with Kellie O’Dowd. 6th March - Belfast women and the Great War. Workshop with Dr Margaret Ward and Lynda Walker. 7th March - Feminist fairytales. Workshop with Belfast Feminist Network. Email email@example.com or call 028 9023 0212 for further details. PP
To mark International Women’s Day 2014, The Linen Hall Library is staging an interactive schools performance Of Shrieking Sisters, a play based on the real-life attempt by a group of suffragettes to blow up Lisburn Cathedral in 1914. Written by Maggie Cronin and Carol Moore and performed by Maggie Cronin, Carol Moore and Laura Hughes, it will examine what made a respectable middle class supporter of women's rights resort to active militancy. The play will begin at 2pm on 4th March and admission is free. Afterwards, tours of the building and its collections will also be available to anyone who is interested. To book places, please contact Deborah Douglas on 028 9032 1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org. pp
To mark International Women’s Day 2014, Women’s Studies at the School of Social Justice, UCD is hosting the premier of a new documentary, Mairead Farrell – an unfinished conversation. The film explores the life and death of Mairead, a miltant republican activist and member of the IRA who served over ten years in Armagh Gaol and was shot by British SAS forces in Gibraltar in March 1988 in extremely controversial circumstances. The showing will take place at the new UCD Students Centre, Belfield, Dublin, at 8pm. There will be a reception beforehand at 7pm and afterwards a discussion with the women who wrote, directed and produced the film. Contact email@example.com to book your seat. Places are limited. pP
Join Women's Aid at the Stormont Hotel from 11.30am to celebrate the launch of this new helpline. Lunch will be provided.Please register your attendance on firstname.lastname@example.org
Why aren’t more young women voting? This women-only workshop in the Black Box from NUS-USI will delve right into the issue, exploring female voter registration and what topics matter to NI women. Register via email@example.com. pp
A shoe and alcohol free alternative to a night out on the town in the Crescent Arts Centre, which will encourage people of all ages to just let go and dance in freedom to the rhythms of the world. The next session is being held at 7pm on 7th March and will celebrate International Women’s Day. For full details, check out facebook.com/EcstaticDanceIn. pp
Northern Ireland’s first Conference exploring the intersections between lesbian, gay and bisexual identities with race, disability, gender, age, political opinion and religion. Organised by the Rainbow Project, it will feature workshops, speeches, a panel debate and the launch of a new employer guide on multiple identity and discrimination. The event is being held in Unison’s HQ in Belfast from 11am-4pm on 7th March. RSVP by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free place and to receive a full conference pack. pp
A morning of celebration with refreshments is being held in Windsor Women's Centre to launch local women Margaret McShannock’s new fantasy book for all ages about a family of leprechauns.
Margaret will be there so bring your copies along for her to sign! The book is available to buy through amazon.
Contact email@example.com for more information. pp
Seven features seven powerful monologues written by seven playwrights who interviewed real-life inspirational women. Since first being written in 2006, the play has been translated into over 20 languages. Kaboosh, in association with the Belfast Film Festival and the family of Inez McCormack, are staging a performance of Seven in The Great Hall, Stormont, at 8pm on 7th March and The Guildhall, Derry, at 8pm on 8th March. For further information, please contact Fionnuala Kennedy on 028 9024 3343 or firstname.lastname@example.org. pp
pp8th March 2014Alternative Ms UlsterGreen Party NI and Reclaim the Agenda cordially invite women across NI to attend their Alternative Ms Ulster event in the Parliament Buildings on International Women’s Day.The event will centre around women of all ages, shapes, sizes and accents walking down the grand marble staircase in The Great Hall at Stormont to a podium where they will then share what they would like to see happen in Northern Ireland to benefit the lives and welfare of women.The evening will be compared by Ms Nuala McKeever, while various public bodies and organisations will be hosting information stalls to highlight their work in addressing gender imbalance and the need for more women to get involved. There will also be a wine reception upon arrival.Women interested in taking part in the event, which will run from 7pm to 9.30 pm, should contact Claire Bailey on email@example.com, 028 9145 9110 or 07543 296 402. More information is available on Facebook.pP
The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) will place a pop up Soap Box in Dublin City Centre on 8th March to replicate the passion of early feminists who regularly took to the streets to speak out about equality issues. Women are being invited to hop on the Soap Box, which will be placed in a Marquee on O’Connell Street from 12-4pm, and talk for three to five minutes about what they want to see happen for their sex. It will also be possible to take part online through #NWCISoapBox on Twitter. If you would like further information, please call Sarah at 00353 85 8589104. pp
HERe NI's Belfast Writers group will be holding a creative writing workshop aimed at lesbian and bisexual women, facilitated by local poet Ruth Carr. The workshop will take place from 11-2pm at 9-13 Waring street Belfast and will be followed by a bun sale from 2-4pm, to which everyone is welcome. To register for the workshop please contact Orlaith Hendron on firstname.lastname@example.org. pp
An evening of live stand up comedy in support of a women’s right to choose in the Mandela Hall, Belfast. Comedians who will be getting behind the mic include Gemma Hutton, Robin Ince, Josie Long and Mark Thomas. Doors open at 6.45pm. Please book your tickets for this 18+ event by calling 028 9097 3726 or clicking this link. All proceeds will go towards pro-choice advocacy. pp
Vote! You Are At Home is a new non-party political campaign designed to mobilise EU Citizens and other ethnic minority communities living in Northern Ireland to register as voters for local government and European Parliament elections. The official campaign launch will take place in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Belfast on Monday 10th March 2014 from 10.30am. Guest Speakers include Alliance Party MLA Chris Lyttle (host), University of Roehampton academic Dr Michal Garapich and the campaign coordinator Maciek Bator. Please RSVP to Maciek Bator by Friday 7th March by emailing email@example.com or calling 079 3047 6649.pp
Belfast City Council and DSD are providing a number of free sessions to help the community sector get to grips with the funding changes that will be brought in when Local Government Reform is enacted from April 2015. Monday 10 March 2014 - The essence of procurement. Tuesday 18 March 2014 - The essence of procurement. Thursday 27 March 2014 - The basics of forming Consortia and Joint Ventures. All workshops will take place in The MAC, Belfast. Registration is essential, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 028 9027 0482. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. Organisations will be contacted before the workshop sessions to identify current level of procurement knowledge. pp
This year, the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers is bringing an international touch to World Social Work Day in NI by hosting a special half day event at Titanic Belfast. The event, entitled Social Work in a divided society – international and local experiences, will feature IFSW General Secretary Dr Rory Truell and WAVE Trauma Centre Chief Executive Officer Sandra Peake. Contact Amanda Beattie (NIASW National Administrator) for more information. Email email@example.com or call 02890 648 873. pP
This cross-border, shared learning event in the Titanic Centre is the culmination of an 18 month project which brought women together to discuss key issues such as women’s role in dealing with the past. It will launch a draft policy toolkit on Women and Peace Building: Developing Practical Approaches to be used in influencing governments and agencies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register. pp
CO3, through CollaborationNI, is organising a one day conference entitled, "Better Together – The Reform of Local Government and Implications for the Third Sector”. The conference will help clear up some of the confusion around the upcoming Review of Public Administration (RPA) reforms, which will lead to the 26 Northern Ireland Councils being reduced to 11 and see a transfer of functions from central government to local government, including funding for the voluntary and community sector. Calum Irving, Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Scotland; Ben Cairns, Director of the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR); and Kenneth Ferguson, The Robertson Foundation, Scotland, are all speakers. To book email email@example.com or call 028 9087 7777.pP
The Network for Enterprising Women: Tyrone and Fermanagh is holding a number of coffee shop get togethers for local self-employed women. They are taking place on: 21st March 10.30am in the Lemon Tree Belleek And 17th April 10.30am in Bedeck Coffee Shop Moygashel. The meetings normally last an hour and half and present an excellent opportunity for women who are self employed to meet, discuss, share, support and create. Anyone interested should drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Foyle Women’s Information Network’s (FWIN) Inspire 2014 Conference is a wonderful opportunity for people to hear from some of the most inspirational women from L’Derry and beyond.
Check out the packed agenda here. If you require any further information or want to register places please email email@example.com or call 028 7126 6291/077 1153 6377. pp
Assembly Community Connect is staging a programme of free ‘Insight into the Assembly’ training seminars for 2014. Each session provides an in-depth insight into a particular aspect of the work of the Assembly, delivered by experienced Assembly Clerks from the Committees, Bill Office and Business Office. Sessions include: Insight into...how a Committee Works – 28 March 2014 Insight into...the Inquiry Process and making effective Submissions to Committees – 25 April 2014 To view a full programme, go to the Northern Ireland Assembly website. Register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 028 90 521195. Alternatively, register online. Please give your name, organisation, email address, twitter tag, phone number and address when registering. Places are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis. pp
Marcelo Torelly, visiting Academic from Latin American Centre and Faculty of Law University of Oxford, will give a lecture at Ulster University on how the past has been dealt with in Brazil, examining everything from the country’s reparations program to the National Truth Commission.
The lecture will take place at the Jordanstown Campus in Dalriada House from 12.30 – 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome and lunch will be provided. RSVP by contacting Elaine McCoubrey on email@example.com. pp12th – 15th May 2014International Business Women’s Conference 2014Women in Business Northern Ireland (WIBNI) is delighted to be hosting the 2014 International Business Women’s Conference on Creating a New Economy in Belfast.The core themes of the conference will be ambition, diversity, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, empowerment and potential.Business leaders (private and public), government representatives, policy makers, business owners (both large and small), entrepreneurs, middle/senior managers, business organisations and academia from across the globe are expected to attend. Both men and women are welcome.For more information, check out the official IBWC website.pp
Northern Ireland’s largest disability exhibition will take place at the King’s Hall Pavilion, Belfast, providing people with disabilities, their families, carers and healthcare professionals with a great opportunity to find out about the latest products and services for disabled people. Entertainment will be provided for children so the event promises to be not only informative but also a fun day out for all the family. The exhibition is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm on both days and is free of charge to attend. For more information on the venue, how to get there and how to book a stand, visit the Disability Action website.pP
The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) has announced its 7th annual Summer School on Transitional Justice on the theme of, ‘Addressing Sexual Violence and Gendered Harm in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings: Addressing Enforcement, Essentialism, and Masculinities’. The Summer School will be held from 23 - 27 June 2014 at the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster. It is a week-long residential course, consisting of a series of interactive lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions, aimed at both postgraduate students and practitioners working in the field of transitional justice and human rights. The academic component of the Summer School is also complemented by an interactive social programme which provides the opportunity for participants to gain greater knowledge of the conflict, transition and affected communities in Northern Ireland.
A number of social events such as: a murals tour in Belfast, film screenings, interactions with local civil society actors and a Summer School dinner at Belfast Castle are included in the programme. Full details are found here.