About Us

The Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) has been working with women and providing support to women’s groups and networks across Northern Ireland since 1983. WRDA’s vision is of a fair and equal society where women are empowered and are a visible force for change and influence in all areas of life. Our mission, as a regional organisation, is to advance women’s equality and participation in society.

We work with women to achieve social, economic, political and cultural transformation. We engage across all traditions with women based in the most disadvantaged urban and rural areas of Northern Ireland. Our work covers a wide scope and keeps us right at the heart of local communities.

Membership and Support
WRDA is a membership organisation. We exist for the benefit of our members, representing their interests and informing them of the latest issues affecting the women’s sector. We ensure that our members have a meaningful say in our work through contributing to our policy submissions and attending our events. Additional benefits of membership include the opportunity to promote news and events through WRDA and an invitation to our Annual General Meeting.

Currently, our membership includes a wide range of local and international women's groups and organisations, as well as many individuals. WRDA is always happy to welcome new members with an interest in engaging more closely with the women’s sector. Membership application forms can be found on our website.

Information and Resources

We act as an information hub for the women’s sector, while also striving to raise the profile of women’s issues in the wider media. Through our communication channels, we publicise the latest news, funding opportunities, events and research of interest to women. This website features a regularly updated news section, as well as a library of research and resources available for free download. We issue regular ezines and email updates, publish a newsletter and manage WomensLink, a free online space for members of the women's sector to come together, network and share information. Our staff are always happy to answer queries from individuals, organisations and members of the press seeking to find out more about our work or the women’s sector in Northern Ireland.

Providing training for women is a central pillar of WRDA’s work. We believe education is a major factor in addressing the marginalisation of women. Our courses cover a wide range of areas, including, but not limited to breast, cervical and bowel screening awareness; heart health; emotional well-being; grassroots lobbying; and money management, with the overall aim to empower women and increase their knowledge and skills. These courses are available to groups and organisations across Northern Ireland, and are delivered by our Community Facilitators - local women who have completed our award winning Level 3 Facilitation Programme.

WRDA works in partnership with other organisations to offer further training to women. For example, we have partnered with fourteen women’s centres in the Live and Learn Project, providing over 3,000 training places for women per year.

Policy and Lobbying
WRDA carries out regular policy work and lobbies decision makers on behalf of women. We work to enhance how the women’s sector and women on the ground are communicating with all levels of government, ensuring women have their rightful say in the policies affecting them. By engaging directly with women, we gather their views to relay to local policy makers. We also make sure information is kept moving in the opposite direction by providing regular updates on political matters through our communication channels. Our recent work in this area has covered many policy areas, such as welfare reform and women’s role in peacebuilding. We partner with like-minded organisations on campaigns and projects whenever possible, and are currently a member of a number of policy fora.

We have achieved Investors in People Bronze status, in recognition of our excellent management and team structures.

Learn more

To find out more about any aspect of our work, please take a look through the various section of this website. You can also give us a call on 028 9023 0212 or email info@wrda.net.

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WRDA Staff and Board celebrate International Women's Day 2011
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