Brexit and the Impact on Women in Northern Ireland

Women in Northern Ireland are greatly underrepresented in public and political life. This was clearly evident in the lead up to the Brexit referendum and remains a worrying issue in the current Brexit negotiations. Underrepresentation in political…
Claire Bailey Green Party MLA, Kellie Turtle Women's Sector Lobbyist and Aoife Hamilton Employers for Childcare at the launch of the ChildCare for All Charter

Hellos and Goodbyes in Lobbying

Kellie Turtle, Women’s Sector Lobbyist, will be leaving WRDA in October. Kellie joined WRDA in 2017 and has campaigned relentlessly on issues such as the Two Child Tax Credit Cap and Rape Clause, maternal mental health and childcare for all…

The ‘clear gender gap’ in NI driving test pass rates has nothing to do with the ability of women behind the wheel, there is something else at play here…

It was reported by the BBC that there is a ‘'Clear gender gap' in NI driving test pass rates’. Women are more likely to pass the theory but men are more likely to pass the practical test. Intrigued, I dug a little deeper to try and see what…

Bowel Cancer is the Second Biggest Killer in NI, do you know how to use the FOB Home Screening Kit?

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in NI. Every year 1,100 people in NI are diagnosed with bowel cancer and 400 people die from the disease. If you are aged between 60-74 you should automatically be sent the FOB home screening…

20 Year Lower Life Expectancy for Women with Learning Disabillities

Women with a learning disability are at a higher risk of premature, preventable death than women in the general population. Cancer is the leading cause of death in NI and as all cancers are less treatable in the later stages early diagnosis…

Focus on Cervical Cancer Awareness

Cervical screening aims to prevent cervical cancers by detecting early precancerous changes in the cells that line the cervix. Women aged 25-49 should be called for a smear test every 3 years and women aged 50-64 should be called every 5…

Breast Cancer- do you know the signs?

Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in Northern Ireland. One in ten women in NI will develop breast cancer and treatment for early stage breast cancer can be more effective and less complicated than at later stages. It…

Cancer is the Leading Cause of Death In Northern Ireland: Self-Examination and Screening Vital for Early Detection

Cancer of all types is the leading cause of death in Northern Ireland and by 2020 almost one in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives. Cancer of all types is much more treatable if diagnosed early. Unfortunately 45% of cancer…

Why 'Fully Flexible' Job Advertisements Really Mean 'Lone Mothers Need Not Apply'

I’ve been job hunting recently, it’s not much fun and to be honest, I’m feeling angry, a lot.  I am a lone parent to a 5-year-old and a 15-year-old.  I’m studying a master’s part time and I clean Airbnbs on an ad hoc basis; the cleaning…

SWAN and UNISON are pleased to be able to host a free FGM conference in Belfast

Title: Promoting a multi-agency approach to share best practice of managing Female Genital Mutilation, in Belfast Northern Ireland Tuesday 28 May 2019 at Unison Galway House, 165 York Street, Belfast BT15 1A Audience Police, Health and…