Lobbying & Policy


We work to enhance the channels of communication between the women’s sector
and government in Northern Ireland, and aim to encourage gender sensitive, rather than gender neutral discussions and decisions in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Our previous work in this area has included providing women with regular, easily digestible updates on what’s happening in the Assembly and keeping local politicians informed about current issues affecting their female constituents through bulletins and briefing papers.


Despite over 40 years of legislation, starting from the Equal Pay Act of 1970, women remain unequal in economic, political and social life in Northern Ireland. For this reason, WRDA believe it is extremely important that local women are engaging with the process of policy making. We carry out a considerable amount of work in this area, aiming to ensure women’s voices are not only heard, but actually acknowledged by policy makers working in NI.

Women’s Policy Group & Women’s Manifesto 2016

The Women’s Policy Group is comprised of a wide range of women’s organisations, individuals and trade unions working for a society where women and girls can fully realise their rights.

Providing a channel for those with an interest in changing policy which impacts upon women to share their knowledge and experience to develop positions on key policy areas.

Our Women’s Manifesto sets out measures on a number of important gender equality issues that, with political will, can be taken forward once the Assembly is restored. The issues raised reflect the diversity of women in Northern Ireland across age, social class, life experience, racial and ethnic background, sexual orientation, disability and political and religious belief.

The Women’s Manifesto was launched in Equality House in March 2015, to a crowd of women’s sector delegates, trade unionists, contributing parties and interested individuals. The publication acts first and foremost as a tool for and by women. It contains all the information they need to challenge local government and demand more on pertinent issues.

You can find the Manifesto on our website here, or feel free to drop into the WRDA offices for a hard copy.


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