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WRDA Member's Event: Section 75 

On January 27th, WRDA members joined us for an information session on Section 75, delivered by the Committee on the Administration of Justice.

The event was chaired by WRDA Director Anne McVicker, and presented by Emma Patterson Bennett, CAJ. The session highlighted; what equality is and what it is not, what an equality scheme is, the 9 categories of Section 75, equality contracts, and lastly the process of making a complaint.

Staff and members were provided with a number of resources to assist them in future complaints against Section 75 and equality schemes.

Emma brought us through the process of how Section 75 works in practice and examples of equality action plans, audits and equality screening documents.

WRDA extends thanks to members who took part in this successful event and Emma Patterson Bennett for sharing with us her expertise.

For more information on Section 75 and to access resources for making a complaint please click here. 

Make your voices Heard – Women Speak Out on Community Planning 

WRDA are hosting a series of events for women to help inform council’s community planning process.

Did you know that your local council will now be responsible for service delivery in your area from your bins being collected to parking, public spaces, buildings and vehicle services. Bigger councils will also be responsible for the allocation of some funds and it’s essential that women’s sector organisations and local groups are aware of this change so that they can make sure the work they do is recognised.
The sessions will look at:
  • What is community planning
  • What does it involve
  • Why is it important to be part of the process
To guarantee that the community planning process delivers for women, we need you to come along and Speak Out!

Full list of venues and dates available on our website. To register please email: with your choice of venue.  

Women's Sector Lobbyist Update

Women's Sector Lobbyist Ellen Finlay has been hard at work over the past month to ensure that women’s issues and views are effectively positioned and communicated to politicians and policy makers.

Full details of her latest work can be found here. Ellen has been working with The Women's Policy Group in the production of this years Women's Manifesto. The manifesto will be launched in Belfast on March 9th. For more information click here.

WRDA Intern attends workshop at Ulster University

On Friday 15th of January, WRDA intern Diane Izabiliza attended the postgraduate workshop on “Masculinities, Violence and (Post-) Conflict” at Ulster University, in Belfast. The event was organized by International Alert (IA), Saferword and Conciliation Resources (CR). 

The conference and the workshop focused on the social construction of masculinities. 
Click here to read more.
WRDA Staff and Management Committee Plan for the Future
On January 21st, WRDA Staff and Management Committee came together to look to the future of the organisation. The session was facilitated by Community Change with the objective to explore the internal and external context that will inform the organisation’s funding strategy.

The session was inspiring and eye opening for the organisation. Click here to read the full story.
WRDA Host #trustwomen Workshop- February 18th 2016

Women across Northern Ireland have stood in alliance for #notacriminal. Alliance for Choice have launched their #trustwomen Campaign to keep abortion firmly on the political agenda in the run up to the Stormont elections in May 2016.

This campaign is for progress on abortion legislation in Northern Ireland which is currently one of the most restrictive in Europe.

WRDA firmly agrees that women should be trusted to know what is best for themselves and their families.

We are therefore delighted to have Alliance for Choice deliver a workshop on their campaign at WRDA offices. For more information click here.
“Let’s Talk” Parents Promoting Sexual Health Programme 
WRDA has training programmes available to groups in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas.

“Let’s Talk” - Parents Promoting Sexual Health is a five session programme. Click here for more information.

If you would like further information about these programmes please contact Katherine Robertson on 028 9023 0212 or email at


'Voices for Change' Conference (WINI) - 25th February 2016
Official Launch of The Women's Manifesto, Belfast - 9th March 2016
Official Launch of The Women's Manifesto, Derry/Londonderry - 9th March 2016
Health Protection Inequalities Seminar (IPH) - 18th February 2016
Amnesty International NI Conference - 6th February 2016

For more events, click here.


Level 1 Funding - Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership. Deadline: 11th February 2016.
Global Fund for Women. Deadline: 31st January 2016.
CF Telecommunity Fund. Deadline: 9th February 2016.
St Stephen Greens Trust. Deadline: Ongoing - First deadline 29th January 2016.

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