WRDA are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the Community Relations Council (CRC) to run a number of Good Relations workshops across Northern Ireland.
Kellie O’Dowd Good Relations worker said, “This is a really exciting time for WRDA as this programme will create the opportunity to engage women in vital Good Relations work. We know they have been the backbone of the community throughout the conflict, but many have never had the opportunity to talk about and share their experiences of the impact of sectarianism and racism.”
A key element of the programme will be to support women in exploring and understanding the issues, not only from their own political perspective, but to explore the issues from other perspectives. This programme will enable women to engage meaningfully in peace-building within and beyond their communities, by facilitating the knowledge and understanding of what sectarianism and racism actually are, their historical roots and modern day manifestations. The programme will also provide opportunities to explore how we challenge and combat these deeply ingrained societal problems to build towards a peaceful and stable future. This is a regional programme and we welcome requests from women’s organisations based in disadvantaged and rural communities.
WRDA’s innovative Good Relations programme on Bonfires has come to an end with the succesful launch of the learning report. This innovative session looked at the position bonfires occupy locally and explored the use of bonfires internationally. It created a space to discuss the use of bonfires today and looked at how they could be used as inclusive events. Workshops covered the international history of bonfires, local experiences, sharing stories and generating ideas for the future.
Check out the recommendations and read the full report here.