Enrolment will start on Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 9.30am. All students must register in person (Open to everyone). For more info click here: Greenway Programme
Fundraising Regulation for Northern Ireland26/07/2016An overview of the background to fundraising regulation and the advantages and disadvantages of different models of fundraising self-regulation for Northern Ireland. Read more.Have Your Say Belfast Survey 04/07/2016
People living in Belfast are invited to share their ideas about emotional health and wellbeing by completing a Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) survey arriving in every home throughout the city in July. http://www.haveyoursaybelfast.com/ Department Budgets27/06/2016
The DSD 16/17 budget breakdown presentation is available here. Justice, DCAL and DAERA (DARD and DOE) budget presentations available via the following links: DOJ Budget, DAERA Budget, DCAL Budget
The Northern Ireland (NI) Executive is working towards developing the next strategy for Children and Young People (CYP) which will outline key issues for all children and young people in NI with actions set out for how government intends to address these. It is an overarching strategy for children and young people in NI with the vision for all CYP to have a better quality of life. As well as this the new Families Matter strategy is also being reviewed and this sets out the vision for improving support and services for parents, families and children. We are sure that parents will have lots of ideas on these issues, and so we invite you to take part in Parenting NI's short online survey.
Women’s pensions held back by male breadwinner model 25/04/2016
Fawcett publish new research report Closing the Pensions Gap: Understanding Women’s Attitudes to Pensions Saving, examining why women save less than men. It reveals that women in their twenties and thirties are under saving for their pensions and may be at risk of poverty in retirement, because they put their own needs last and take full responsibility for childcare costs. For more information and to read the full report: click here.Love Equality NI19/04/2016 The Campaign for Marriage Equality has just launched a brand new website Loveequalityni.org. You can support the campaign by emailing your election candidates and you will also find lots of resources online as well. Click here for the website.Youthnet LGBT Survey 19/04/2016Youthnet are trying to update the stats found in the 2003 Shout Report. It’s been over 10 years now since this report and they’d like to see if things are improving for LGB&T young people. Please encourage all the LGB&T young people that you work with to fill in this survey so that we can compare results. Click here to complete the survey
NICMA recruiting Assistant Director11/04/2016NICMA – the Childminding Association is a charity and membership organisation which works regionally to promote quality home based childcare.For a recruitment pack please contact Valerie Earney firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications: Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 2.00pmWISPA recruiting Project Development Coach11/04/2016The Project Development Coach will be responsible for the co-ordination, design and delivery of a range of physical activity programmes to women aged 16 yrs. and over. Programmes will be delivered in community settings across Belfast. For more information click here. Voting in #AE1611/04/2016Information on how to vote and secondly why vote. Information sourced from aboutmyvote.co.uk. Read the full story here.FALNI Manifesto08/04/2016FALNI are calling on government to work with educational providers from across the sectors to build a culture of learning that embraces all citizens and their whole-life needs. To read the full story and their manifesto click here.Django Girls Belfast Workshop05/04/2016A FREE day of training in programming aimed at women, coming up in Belfast city centre in June. Click here for more information.Women's Fund NI30/03/2016The Women’s Fund aims to support women to overcome barriers preventing them from fulfilling their potential. By providing small grants to grass-roots organisations and bursaries to individuals. Read more. Belfast PEACE IV Plan Consultation11/03/2016A draft local action plan (Belfast PEACE IV Plan) has been developed. BCC would like your views on the aims and objectives of this draft plan. Read more.Amendments to Abortion in Northern Ireland09/02/2016On Wednesday 10th February 2016, amendments to abortion law are due to be debated and voted on at the Northern Ireland Assembly. Read more.Excitement is Brewing for #IWDNI1602/02/2016International Women's Day is fast approaching. Catch up on how the festivities will unfold this year. Read More.Invitation to tender: Health and Social Care Inequalities in Northern Ireland15/01/2016The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is working towards an update of its 2007 ‘Statement on Key Inequalities in Northern Ireland’. To inform the development of this revised statement, the Commission is seeking to contract research on current health and social care inequalities in NI, giving consideration to physical and mental health and well-being and access to health and social care provisions, which may affect relevant Section 75 (Section 75: Information Session) groups across the nine equality grounds. Full details and terms of reference are available on the Equality Commission website. The deadline for tender submissions is 12noon on Friday 12 February 2016. Alliance for Choice stand up for #notacriminal12/01/2016A second woman has been arrested and charge with accessing and administering abortion pills, Mifepristine and Misoprostal. Alliance for Choice, and their allies, condemn the criminalisation of women, and anyone who can become pregnant, for accessing reproductive healthcare. Read More.
5 Things Parents Need to Watch Out For in 201605/01/2016
Sexual Orientation Awareness Training20/10/15
DOJ Human Trafficking Strategy04/06/15
The Equality Coalition have developed a template to help those who want to make a complaint under the equality scheme. They are taking a zero tolerance approach to any lack of consultation, equality screening, or equality impact assessment by Government Departments and other public authorities. If you think a policy decision has been made without adequate equality proofing they would urge you to complain too. The paragraphs must be checked as some public authorities do charge the numbers of the chapters. The templates for making an equality scheme complaint can be found here. For more info, please contact Emma Patterson-Bennett at email@example.comIntegrated Education Petition24/04/15
NICVA have been collecting data on the impacts of cuts to the community and voluntary sector by asking organisations what the impact will be on their funding streams, jobs and ultimately the members of the community who will suffer from a withdrawal of important and vital services. The information that they've been collecting through their survey is not yet complete, but they will keep it updated as the responses roll in. Take a look here.Health Minister Launches New Online Mental Health Services Tool24/04/15
Health Minister Jim Wells has launched a new online service that provides easier access to information about mental health services across NI. The new service will provide mental health service users, their carers and health professionals with information on referral criteria and the range of services available from both statutory and voluntary & community mental health organisations. The Mental Health Services Finder was developed by DHSSPS, in partnership with the HSCB and nidirect. It is intended that this new online tool will be the first in a series of improvements to the way information about the health service is accessed. The new Mental Health Services Finder tool can be accessed online.
A publication has been released by Ruth McCarthy with responses from the 2015 standing political parties on their LGBTQ policies and active records in terms of equality. It covers issues specific to LGBTQ women and can act as a companion to the Women's Manifesto. The publication is available here and can be passed on as a lobbying tool. Women Wear Yellow22/04/15
To mark the #CUT IT OUT campaign and celebrate women's hard work and contribution to society, women and girls will be wearing something yellow on Saturday 2nd May for the May Day Rally in Belfast. Whether you’re attending the rally or not, please consider wearing yellow that day and taking and sharing pictures of yourself with the #cutitout hashtag. This picture is available to use on social media, to print out, to display in cars, homes or at the rally itself. The idea is to create a big, bright yellow presence at the rally to show that women are many and deserve to be valued.
A petition is circulating, calling on the Minister for Education John O’Dowd to issue new guidelines to all schools in NI on the provision of Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE). These include RSE not being administered by anti-choice groups, the inclusion of pro-choice and LGBTQ+ rights speakers at events, age-appropriate RSE education from primary level, and free and accessible contraception. Please sign the petition here to show your support.DOJ Abortion Consultation update17/04/2015
Justice Minister David Ford has announced that there is substantial support for limited changes to abortion laws. He has no intention of pursuing abortion laws when a sexual crime has taken place and also said that he would be seeking a conscience clause to be added when he proposes this to the executive. Read more of the official DOJ response here. Check back for more updates on women’s responses to this decision. pLeadership programme launched to support women in politics17/04/2015
An innovative leadership programme was launched on 16th April 2015 at Parliament Buildings. It aims to support current female elected representatives and to encourage more women to enter political life. The ‘Women in Politics’ Leadership programme, developed by Politics Plus and designed with input from female elected representatives, was launched by Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA. Find out more about the programme here.#CUTITOUT campaign16/04/2015
Women’s Sector Lobbyist Orlaith Hendron has put out a call to all women affected by the recent funding cuts. She urges them to use twitter and make their voices heard by writing a short line on how the cuts have affected them, their colleagues, families and communities with the hashtag #cutitout. The hashtag is already proving popular, and Orlaith encourages women to get online and add their stories to the movement so that women’s experiences cannot be ignored.Women's Sector featured in article on funding cuts16/04/2015
WRDA Director Anne McVicker and WOMEN’STEC’s Lynn Carvill recently contributed to a Women’s Views on News article on how the funding cuts will affect the women’s sector. Read the article here. "A Fair Deal for Women" campaign launches16/04/2015
The ‘A Fair Deal for Women’ campaign has been launched in anticipation of the General Election to influence politicians. It’s made up of a coalition of 11 women’s organisations led by the Women’s Resource Centre in London. To read their 7 asks of the government and add your voice to the campaign, please visit the website.Women's Sector Lobbyist responds to funding cuts in press release02/04/2015
Women’s Sector Lobbyist Orlaith Hendron put out a press release on Thursday 2nd April 2015, outlining the impact the recent spate of funding cuts will have on women. Take a look here. Women's Sector Lobbyist responds to weak Women in Politics report30/03/2015
Women’s Sector Lobbyist Orlaith Hendron recently put out a press release responding to the NI Assembly Executive Review Committee’s appalling report on women in politics. To the disappointment of the women’s sector and those who provided stakeholder evidence, the report will likely have very little effect due to the weak and indirect language used. As Orlaith says in her article, this basically indicates that diversity awareness and female representation are optional, as opposed to mandatory standards which are vital for the progression of NI’s political system. You can find the whole release on the Business First Online blog.STEM motion addressing gender imbalance passed in NI Assembly26/03/2015The following motion was debated and passed in the Assembly on 24th March:
“That this Assembly expresses concern that men outnumber women by nearly three to one in high-level science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) posts; welcomes the statement by the Minister for Employment and Learning on 4 June 2013 reiterating the importance of women in the STEM sectors; and calls on the Minister for Employment and Learning, in conjunction with his Executive colleagues, to publish a strategy and action plan that addresses specifically the issue of gender imbalance in the STEM sectors.” The work of the STEM Business Subgroup, including the gender report and STEM Charter, was also highlighted. Read the full debate here.Fundraising for the Abortion Support Network10/03/2015
The Abortion Support Network has been supporting women in need of financial aid for abortions for over five years. When the network started they often had no choice but to turn women down due to lack of funding, but these days their situation is much improved. Thanks to the donations of their supporters they have not had to turn a woman away since 2012, and were able to help 51 women last month. If you or anyone you know would like to donate and help them reach their £2,500 a month goal please visit the donation page here. Training discount for IWD05/03/2015
In the spirit of International Women's Day, VIEWdigital is offering WRDA members and other women’s organisations a 15% discount on its training opportunities during March. This discount can be applied to a TV and Radio Interview workshop led by former BBC editor Angelina Fusco on 24th March or a one-day Digital Publishing - Magazines & Newsletters workshop on 31st March. Both would usually cost £199 per person. Full details are available from the VIEWdigital website. Spotlight audience special02/03/2015
BBC Northern Ireland's current affairs programme, "Spotlight" will be recording an audience special, presented by Noel Thompson, in Blackstaff Studios, Belfast on Tuesday March 24th 2015. This will give members of the public of all ages a chance to ask questions of a panel including politicians and commentators. Grassroots people who have an opinion on issues affecting their community are, in particular, encouraged to attend. It's a busy night for the audience: people should arrive promptly between 6.30 and 6.45pm. Filming then begins at 8.15pm. If you would like more details about the programme, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0845 300 30 80 or 078 6491 0147.IWD 2015 programme out now!27/02/2015
The NI festival programme for International Women's Day 2015 is available now, featuring more than fifty great events. You can download a copy via this link. Information on local IWD events is also available on Facebook and the official IWD website. Plus, look out for the IWD15NI hashtag on Twitter. Equality funding under threat13/02/2015
DEL has launched a consultation on plans to end all Community Relations, Equality and Diversity (CRED) funding to help achieve required budget cuts. This could be a real blow to local education and lessen the opportunities our pupils have to build relationships with those from a different background. Information on how to respond to the consultation is available on this webpage. Submissions must be in by 6pm on 6th March. Consortium website launches!10/02/2015
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is conducting a formal investigation into the treatment of pregnant workers and mothers in workplaces across Northern Ireland. Women, with children under the age of five, who have been in employment during all or part of their pregnancy can share their experiences through completing an online survey. Thanks to all who contribute.Abortion Access under Review in Northern Ireland03/02/2015
On Monday 2nd January the NI Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) was granted leave to pursue a judicial review of the current abortion legislation in Northern Ireland. The review seeks to explore issues around the provision of and access to termination of pregnancy services under two particular cirmstances: when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest and when there is a lethal foetal abnormality, meaning a foetus has formed, but has no chance of surviving to full term or will die at birth.
Northern Ireland’s current legislation prohibits access to legal abortion unless very strict criteria are met, mainly if there is a severe risk to the life or health of the woman. Despite this, however, more than 25 women a week travel from Northern Ireland to other parts of the UK to access private clinics that offer the service. This makes access only available to those who can afford to pay turning a health issue into a class issue. The courts heard of the specific trauma experienced by those who have no chance of having a baby at the end of their pregnancy due to serious malformations which is then added to by the fact that they have to travel away from home, often alone, to access a termination.
As a pro-choice organisation WRDA supports this judicial review and would hope it paves the way for Northern Ireland to come in line with the rest of the United Kingdom who have had open access to abortions since 1967, almost 50 years ago. Our Women's Sector Lobbyist Orlaith is actively campaigning on the issue. We will keep you posted.
NUS-USI is running a campaign for National Voter Registration Day (#NVRD) on 5th February to encourage more students to cast their vote. Last year, the union registered 500 students as part of the campaign in Northern Ireland and this year it is aiming to smash this total. There are lots of activities happening on campus during the week. If you want to take part, get in touch with Gerry Carroll on email@example.com for more information. You can register to vote now by downloading this form. Show your support for the Children's Bill23/01/2015
Children in Northern Ireland is seeking public backing for a new Bill that would compel all NI Exectuive Departments to work together in improving outcomes for children and young people. Tabled by Green Party MLA Steven Agnew, The Children's Bill would help departments colloborate on policy, pool budgets, share staff and resources, and jointly commission services for children and young people. You can show your support for the Bill, which will be discussed in Stormont next week, by signing your name to this petition.Who is your woman of the year?21/01/2015
Nominations are now open for the Belfast Telegraph’s Woman of the Year Awards in association with The OUTLET, Banbridge. These awards recognise women who have done something special in their community or sporting organisation. There are ten different categories this year. You can nominate a someone deserving by filling in a simple online form by 19th February. Celebrate IWD 2015 with us15/01/2015
Film project seeking young women9th January 2015Females aged 16-25 years are being sought for Reel Politics, a new film-making project to promote the benefits of young women to stepping up as leaders in the political arena. Participants will create a shortfilm in just five days during February about the benefits of young women having a role in politics. Their results of all their hardwork will then be showcased on 8th March to mark International Women's Day. Learn more about how to get involved here. The project is being delivered by Cinemagic and is supported by Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Assembly Initiative.