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Welcome to our latest ezine! The past month has been a busy time for us, from the successful IWD programme to the newly updated Women's Manifesto. More info can be found below, along with other news updates. Feel free to contact Nieve on or 028 9023 0212 if you would like something considered for inclusion in the next edition.

IWD 2015 Rally a Great Success!

Hundreds of women came together on Saturday 7th March in Belfast City Centre to march in celebration of IWD. The extensive 2015 programme was organised by Reclaim the Agenda, with over 50 events including a popular series of lectures at the Ulster Hall. This year's rally was the most successful yet, with a massive crowd taking off from Writer’s Square to the stage outside City Hall, where they heard from a variety of inspirational speakers. These included Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon; NIPSA’s Naomi Connor; Raquel Hosein, an international visitor, activist and STEM student; Youth Action’s Margaret Ward, and Nandi Jola from the Black, Minority and Ethnic Women’s Network. Read more.

WRDA Launches Women's Manifesto

As a membership-led organisation, the views and experiences from our engagement with members have been at the heart of shaping our new Women’s Manifesto. In 2014 WRDA facilitated a series of workshops incorporating the views of over 100 women from women's centres.
We would like to thank all the women, staff and organisations involved including Falls, Greenway, Windsor Women’s Centre, Women’s TEC and everyone who donated their time and effort in working with us to produce this manifesto. There will be an official launch for the manifesto on Tuesday 31st March from 2:30 – 4:30pm at the MAC in St. Anne’s Square, where light refreshments will be provided. You can take a look at the manifesto here.

Women's Sector Lobbyist represents WRDA at Alliance Conference

The Women’s Sector Lobbyist, Orlaith Hendron, attended the Alliance Party Conference on Sat 14th March at La Mon Hotel and Country Club where guests and participants were treated to an array of speeches from party members. Orlaith held a stall for WRDA at the event and disseminated copies of the new Women’s Manifesto to attendees as they browsed charity and organisation stalls at the day-long event. Orlaith is pictured right with MLA Anno Lo.

Consortium Website Launches

A new website for the Women's Regional Consortium has gone live, featuring many resources for local women, including an extensive e-library and a directory containing hundreds of useful contacts. The site will provide regular updates on the Consortium's activities and can be accessed now via this link. WRDA is one of seven partners in the Consortium, working to provide a voice for women in disadvantaged and rural areas alongside FWIN, NIRWN, WOMEN'STEC, TWN, WSN and The Women's Centre Derry.

Sign Up as a WRDA Member

If you're not already a part of the WRDA family, why not consider joining us as a member during 2015? There are many benefits to membership including free subscriptions to all of our publications and an invitation to our AGM later in the year. More information is available on our website. To apply, all you need to do is complete this form and return it to us via post or email.

Help Raise Funds for Abortion Support Network

The Abortion Support Network has been supporting women in need of financial aid for abortions for over five years. In the past, they've often had no choice but to turn women down due to lack of funding, but thanks to the donations of their supporters,
their situation is much improved; just last month alone ASN were able to help 51 women. If you or anyone you know would like to donate and help them reach their £2,500 a month goal please visit the donation page here.

Petition to Rescind Cuts to DE Early Years Fund

An online petition by Early Years is circulating, calling on Education Minister John O'Dowd to rescind the £2 million cut to the DE Early Years Fund. Without this financial support, services to children and families in areas of greatest need across Northern Ireland would not be delivered. They are not far off their 1000 signature goal, please visit this link to sign the petition and show your support.


Thurs 26th March 2015Doctrina Workshop: Core Skills Management, Belfast City Centre.
Thurs 26th March 2015CARDI Launch, Holiday Inn, Belfast
Thurs 26th March 2015Tweet Up 2015, NICVA, Belfast
Sun 29th March 2015Embroidery Morning, Discover Art Room, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Tues 31st MarchVIEWdigital: e-Newsletter Workshop, Cromac Regeneration Initiative, Belfast

For more events, click here.


UnLtd SEDA Awards. Deadline: Fri 27th March 2015
Healthy City Explorer Bursary. Deadline: Tues 31st March 2015
Ireland Funds: Small Grants. Deadline: Tues 31st March 2015
DCLG Women's Empowerment Fund. Deadline: Tues 31st March 2015
Prince's Countryside Fund. Deadline: Thurs 9th April 2015

More funding opportunities are available on our website.

And finally...

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