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Belfast women take the lead

1st September 2014


Women from across Belfast seized the initiative and joined WRDA’s summer programme of women's leadership workshops.

We
used a Good Relations Grant from Belfast City Council to hold workshops throughout August, with tremendously successful events taking place in Falls Women’s Centre, Windsor Women’s Centre, the Play Resource Centre (with help from WOMEN’STEC) and Greenway Women’s Centre.

Participants engaged in a number of discussion provoking activities, including examining some of the gender stereotypes still prevalent in society today and looking at the countries across the world where women currently have the best political representation. Another activity explored how to handle instances of sexism that women may encounter both inside and outside of work.

A substantial amount of time
was given over to discussing the barriers preventing women from moving forward in public life and how women can come together to tackle these issues head on.

At the end of every session, each woman was given a motivational feminist quote to take away with them.

Councillor Máire Hendron, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Good Relations Partnership said, “It’s really great to see so many women take advantage of this opportunity to improve their leadership skills; it’s important for women in every part of Belfast to empower themselves. More women are playing important roles in business, government and politics nowadays and I hope workshops like this help this trend continue.”

The workshop series will be followed by a final event in September for all the participants, during which recommendations drawn from the workshops will be unveiled and women will have an opportunity to put questions directly to key decision makers.

We are already busy planning this last event and hope to be able to bring you further details of it very soon.



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