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Welcome to our latest ezine! Take a look at what we've been up to over the past month, including the #CUTITOUT campaign, the launch event of the Women's Manifesto, the Live & Learn partner meeting, and more. Feel free to contact Nieve on or 028 9023 0212 if you would like something considered for inclusion in the next edition.

#CUT IT OUT Campaign

Women’s Sector Lobbyist Orlaith Hendron has put out a call to all women affected by the recent spate of funding cuts, urging them to take to twitter and make their voices heard by writing a short line on how the cuts have affected them, their colleagues, families and communities with the hashtag #cutitout. To mark this campaign and celebrate women's hard work and contribution to society, women and girls will be wearing something yellow on Saturday 2nd May for the May Day Rally in Belfast. Whether you’re attending the rally or not, please consider wearing yellow that day and taking and sharing pictures of yourself with the #cutitout hashtag.
The picture to the left is available to use on social media, to print out, to display in cars, homes or at the rally itself. The idea is to create a big, bright yellow presence at the rally to show that women are many and we deserve to be valued.

The lobbyist also put out a press release earlier this month, providing a detailed outline of the disproportionate impact cuts will have on women, and the overwhelming message from the NI Assembly that women simply don’t matter. Take a look here.

Women's Manifesto launched in the MAC

WRDA launched the newly updated Women’s Manifesto in the MAC on Tuesday 31st March, to a crowd of women’s sector delegates, trade unionists, contributing parties and interested individuals. Speakers included WRDA Director Anne McVicker; Brigid Loughran, who updated the Manifesto; Women’s Sector Lobbyist Orlaith Hendron; Claire Bailey, attending as an individual; Trade Unionist Naomi Connor; Windsor WC's Eleanor Jordan; Belfast Feminist Network's Liz Gordon and WINI's Caroline McCord.

Read the full article on our website here. NVTV's Focal Point Community News was there to cover the event, have a watch here from 1:55 - 7:35.

Live & Learn Partners Meeting

Partners involved in the Regional Women’s Centres Learning Partnership’s Live and Learn Project met at the Dunsilly Hotel on Monday 30th March to discuss the way forward post Live & Learn funding. Core issues were identified and representatives from FALNI (Further and Adult Education Northern Ireland) addressed the meeting regarding a number of impact forums they are holding with NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education). FALNI are also working on updating a manifesto for adult learning in time for the Assembly elections in '16. Read the full article on WRDA's website here.

Women's Sector Lobbyist responds to Women into Politics Report

Women’s Sector Lobbyist Orlaith Hendron recently put out a press release responding to the NI Assembly Executive Review Committee’s appalling report on women in politics. To the disappointment of the women’s sector and those who provided stakeholder evidence, the report will likely have very little effect due to the weak and indirect language used. You can find the whole release on the Business First Online blog.

Women's Regional Consortium Survey

The Women’s Regional Consortium recently released a DSD/DARD commissioned survey asking members to evaluate the Consortium and their work, and to help shape the future of regional support for women. If you could take the time to contribute via this link it would be much appreciated. The survey will remain live until 28th April 2015. 

DOJ Abortion Consultation Update

Justice Minister David Ford has announced that there is substantial support for limited changes to abortion laws. While he accepts cases of fatal foetal abnormality, he has no intention of pursuing abortion laws when a sexual crime has taken place and added that he would be seeking the implementation of a conscience clause when he proposes this to the Executive. Read more of the official DOJ response here. Check back for more updates on women’s responses to this decision.

Petition to save Ballynafeigh Community House

A petition is calling on OFMDFM to support Ballynafeigh Community House, a diverse hub on the Ormeau Road which has worked for over 40 years to ensure a neighbourhood where people from all backgrounds and political, cultural and religious identities can live and work together.
The local impact of recent cuts totalling £55,810.88 will affect work with women and girls, work with children and young people, Welfare Rights and support for local groups. Please sign the petition here and help save the Ballynafeigh Shared Neighbourhood.

Petition for new RSE Guidelines

A petition is circulating calling on the Minister for Education John O’Dowd to issue new guidelines to all schools in NI on the provision of Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE). These include RSE not being administered by anti-choice groups, the inclusion of pro-choice and LGBTQ+ rights speakers at events, age-appropriate RSE education from primary level, and free and accessible contraception. Please sign the petition here to show your support.

Health & Social Care Priorities - Have Your Say

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health & Social Care Board (HSCB) are currently working on the development of the Commissioning Plan for ‘15-16. The plan sets out six key areas where money will be invested over the coming year.
A workshop will take place to engage with service users, carers and members of the public in the Dunsilly Hotel on Friday 1st May 2015 from 1-4pm. There are limited places available, if you are interested please contact Emma McKee at or 0285 9536 3116.


Wed 22nd April 2015Human Rights Consortium AGM, Consortium Office, Belfast.
Thurs 23rd April 2015 – Translating Values Workshop, The Playhouse, L'Derry.
Fri 24th April 2015 Media Representation of Children & Young People in NI, Great Hall, QUB.
Sat 25th April 2015Films & Debate on Human Slavery, QFT, Belfast.
Mon 27th April 2015Narration, Power & Commemoration in Conflicted Societies, Ulster University, Belfast.

For more events, click here.


Aviva Community Fund. Deadline: Fri 24th April 2015
Ageing Society Awards Programme. Deadline: Fri 24th April 2015
Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards. Deadline: Fri 24th April 2015
OFMDFM Minority Ethnic Development Fund. Deadline: Mon 27th April 2015
Triangle Trust 1949 Fund. Deadline: Thurs 30th April 2015

More funding opportunities are available on our website.

And finally...

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