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Mas Project a lifeline for 300 NI mums needing perinatal support

A unique three-year project provided a lifeline for mothers struggling to find support due to shortfalls in maternity and perinatal services in Northern Ireland.   The Maternal Advocacy and Support (Mas) Project helped more than 300 women experiencing perinatal mental health issues and organisers are now calling for permanent statutory interventions for mothers.   Clare […]

Women’s Policy Group Launch Call for Views

The Women’s Policy Group has launched a survey to gather the experiences of women after experiencing men’s violence. This includes harassment, stalking, cat-calling, assault, abuse and misogynistic bullying. We are eager to capture people’s experiences with the police, courts and reporting services, and to hear what could be improved. You can respond to this survey […]

The Gendered Nature of Public Transport

Worldwide, women use transport differently to men and they tend to use it far more. In her book titled ‘Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias,’ Caroline Criado Perez highlights that, according to her research, women tend to “trip-chain”; which means they take several short journeys regularly, rather than long journeys occasionally. Criado Perez suggests this is […]

MIND THE GAP – RIGHTS VS REALITY OF ABORTION ACCESS IN NORTHERN IRELAND.

In theory, Northern Ireland has had the most liberal abortion legislation in the UK and Ireland since decriminalisation through Westminster in 2019. The right to end a pregnancy is now enshrined in law, without the risk of prosecution which exists in Great Britain under some circumstances, or the medically unnecessary three-day waiting period between consultation […]

Where’s Our Democracy? Campaign – Media Statement “The Secretary of State is failing the people of Northern Ireland”

The 2023/ 2024 budget represents an act of fiscal violence enforced by Westminster onto the most vulnerable in our communities. In the absence of a functioning Executive and democratic processes in Northern Ireland, unelected civil servants have been pushed to deliver a suite of budget cuts, in line with the Secretary of State’s 23/24 budget, […]

Pride at WRDA

The Women’s Policy Group NI has been honoured with the Belfast Pride Award 2023 for Working in Partnership. We are thrilled to have received this Award, and while sharing the good news with our members, felt that this is the ideal moment to speak about what Pride means for us at WRDA. To set the […]