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Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival

Wednesday 19th November to Sunday 30th November. Irish Film Institute, Dublin.

The festival returns with over 30 screenings of the hottest new French releases, New Wave classics and free masterclasses at the Irish Film Institute. There are several films that focus on women’s stories and/or are directed by leading female filmmakers. Highlights include coming of age story Girlhood, a masterclass in literary adaption and visual effects with female director Pascale Ferran and Elle l’adore, a dark comedic thriller centred around a single mother. The full programme can be found here.

How the Assembly Works

Tuesday 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.

Women Shaping Europe

Wednesday 26th November, 10.30am-1pm. NWCI, North King Street, Dublin.

This event from NWCI will explore and bring together important information and insights on European processes, tools and funding. It will also highlight practical opportunities to strengthen links between members’ local and national action and changes at European level. A number of speakers will share their experiences. All NWCI members are welcome, but should RSVP in advance to Rebecca on political@nwci.ie.

Money on my mind: the links between debt and mental wellbeing

Wednesday November 26th, 1pm. Riddell Hall, Belfast

This lecture by Professor Sharon Collard is taking place as part of a series from QUB’s Centre of Public Health. More information can be found on the QUB website.

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.


Friday 28th November, 1.30-4pm. Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

Join NICEM in celebrating another good year. The AGM will include a light lunch and the launch of a new research report, Voices for Change: Mapping the views of black and minority ethnic people on integration and their sense of belonging in Northern Ireland. For further details or to register, contact Nuala on 029 9023 8645 or nuala@nicem.org.uk.

Get Involved Belfast

Friday 28th November 2014, 9am-2pm. NICVA, Belfast

At this event, local groups and individuals will have an opportunity to meet directly with their constituency MLAs, to express views and to discuss concerns on local issues. MLAs attending include Paula Bradley, Gerry Kelly, Alban Maginness, Nelson McCausland and Carál Ní Chuilín. The event is being held as part of the Assembly Community Connect (ACC) initiative. To register for any of this free session, simply email outreach@niassembly.gov.uk or give one of the Outreach team a call on 028 90 520321 or 028 90 521195.


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.

Abortion focus group

Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 6.30-8pm. Realta Civic and Social Space

Have your say on abortion in a safe space at this focus group held by WRDA in conjunction with Belfast Feminist Network and Alliance For Choice. We want to hear your views in light of the ongoing DOJ consultation on abortion, which proposes allowing abortion where there is a fatal foetal abnormality or the pregnancy is the result of the rape. Click here for more information. Please RSVP to Robyn on 028 9023 0212 or info@wrda.net.

Christmas Crime Prevent and Safety Event

Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 10am-1pm. Great Hall, Belfast City Hall

Come along to this event from the Police Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) for free practical advice, information and support on a range of crime prevent and safety issues for the festive season. For more information, contact Katharine McCrum or Saranne Gallagher on 028 9027 0556 or e-mail pcsp@belfastcity.gov.uk.

Dignity and Rights Conference

Thursday 4th December & Friday 5th December 2014, 9am-4pm. Stormont Hotel, Belfast.

This conference is being staged by a group of local community and voluntary sector organisations to explore human rights and human dignity in NI sixteen years on from the Good Friday Agreement. Keynote international experts and local leaders will help frame discussions over the course of two days on the core principles of human rights and how we put them into practice. Full details can be found here.

Ecstatic Dance*In

Friday 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.


Climbing For All

Friday 5th December 2014, 9am. Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Co.Down

This course from Outdoor Recreation NI offers individuals a superb opportunity to learn about the skills, techniques and equipment needed to help people with disabilities engage in climbing. It is aimed primarily at outdoor activity providers and community group leaders and volunteers. Book your place early to avoid disappointment. Email richard@outdoorrecreationni.com or call 028 9030 3930.

Still The Enemy Within

Sunday 7th December 2014, 7.30pm. The Black Box, Belfast.

Acclaimed documentary film Still The Enemy Within provides a unique human insight into one of Britain’s most dramatic struggles, the 1984-85 Miner’s Strike. Tickets are £6 and can be purchased from www.belfastfilmfestival.org.


Obesity – A National Epidemic Conference

Monday 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.

Celebrating and protecting human rights both at home and abroad, this year's festival features some great events on women's rights. Highlights include a discussion exploring Reproductive Rights as Human Rights on Monday 8th December, Sexual Orientation Training on Tuesday 9th December and a Feminist Photo Booth run by Belfast Feminist Network on Saturday 13th December. The full packed programme is available from the NIHRF website

Human Rights: From Conflict to Transitional Justice

Wednesday 10th December, 7-8pm. St Mary’s University College, Belfast.

This lecture by Dr Louise Mallinder is being held to mark Human Rights Week 2014 and will explore human rights issues in the context of conflict and transitional justice. Dr Mallinder is a reader in human rights and international law at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute and has previously spoken at a WRDA peacebuilding events. For further details, please contact Dr Brigit Schippers at b.schippers@smucb.ac.uk.

Inez – A Challenging Woman

Wednesday 10th December, 12.30pm. Beanbag Cinema, Belfast.

This film explores the life and times of Inez McCormack, a trade unionist and passionate advocate of social justice who died in 2013. Tickets are only £3 and should be purchased from www.belfastfilmfestival .org.

Are Children and Young People Protected from Discrimination?

11th December 2014, 5.30–7.30pm. The MAC, St Anne’s Square, Belfast

As part of Human Rights Week, the Children’s Law Centre are hosting a café style workshop to discuss children and young people’s experience of discrimination in all aspects of their lives. Dr Faith Gordon will present evidence and share her expertise on the representation of children in the media in Northern Ireland. Members of the public, children and young people, and those working with or for children and young people are all welcome. To register for this event please email reception@childrenslawcentre.org.

Quiz night in aid of the Inez McCormack Fund

Thursday 11th December, 8pm. The Dark Horse, Belfast.

This event will celebrate the life and legacy of renowned human rights activist and trade unionist Inez McCormack. All proceeds will go towards the Inez McCormack Fund, which supports Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR), an organisation established by Inez before her death in 2013 to help vulnerable and marginalised groups use their human right's to make tangible changes to their lives. Admission is £7 and there can be a maximum of 6 in each team. Click here for full details.

Welfare and support service advice session

Friday 12th December 2014, 10am-2pm. NICVA, Belfast.

Families and individuals living in North Belfast are invited to come along for free practical advice and information on a range of support services for all families and individuals living in North Belfast. Over 20 exhibitors will deliver information and advice. The event, which is supported by Community Foundation Northern Ireland, will also feature Patricia McKeown, Regional Scretary of UNISION, as speaker. Refreshments are provided.

Networking events for self-employed women

Various dates between 18th December 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.

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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