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Welcome to WRDA's latest ezine! Please take a look at what we've been up to over the past month below, and feel free to contact Nieve on or 028 9023 0212 if you would like something considered for inclusion in the next edition.

WRDA attends Glencree's "1916 and the Ethics of Memory" event

On Saturday 27th June, WRDA Director Anne McVicker attended a conference titled ‘1916 and the Ethics of Memory’ in the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation in Wicklow. The background to the conference was 1916 and the centenary events and celebrations which are presently being rolled out across Ireland.

In his address, President Michael D Higgins highlighted pertinent issues such as the accuracy of ‘narratives’ and the forgotten voices of 1916, particularly women, children, victims and pacifists.
The President’s input was informative and thought-provoking, and set the scene for a panel discussion chaired by Olivia O’Leary with Onora O’Neill and Dr Johnston Mc Master, followed by workshops in the afternoon covering areas such as more inclusive forms of commemoration. Read the full story here.

WRDA attends IBIS "Women in Leadership North & South" event

On Monday 6th July, WRDA Director Anne McVicker attended an event in Dublin’s European Parliament office titled ‘Women in Leadership North and South’, and held by UCD's Institute for British Irish Studies. Over 100 women and a few men listened to Frances Fitzgerald TD and Minister for Justice & Equality talk about her experience as a women in politics and government, and how she overcame some of the traditional obstacles which face the majority of women in leadership positions in Ireland north and south. This was followed by three panels of speakers focusing on: Women’s Leadership in Political and Public Life, Civic Leaders and the Leadership Pipeline, and Political Leadership. Read the full article here.

OFMDFM launch Childcare Strategy

Junior Ministers Michelle McIlveen and Jennifer McCann today launched the Executive’s draft Childcare Strategy for public consultation.
The consultation period will run for 16 weeks and will close on Friday 13th November 2015. They are aiming to hold a number of consultation events in early autumn, the details of which will be release on the OFMDFM website in due course. An electronic version of the consultation document and questionnaire, with accompanying press release and written Ministerial Statement, are available on the OFMDFM Childcare Strategy website here.

TJI Gender Justice Scholarships

The Transitional Justice Institute is offering two scholarships to particularly highly qualified candidates accepted onto the LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights, on a full or part-time basis, to commence their studies in September 2015.
Particular attention will be paid to those applicants most likely to benefit the wider community through their degree. To be considered, you must submit your LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights application form to the Ulster University through the university’s online application system, after which the scholarship application form can be obtained by emailing TJI Secretary Ms Emer Carlin at Both applications must be submitted before 12 noon on Friday 14th August 2015. For further details, please click here.

Consortium e-zine out now

The latest e-zine for the Women's Regional Consortium is out now, including a Stormont event on Women Peace & Security, updates on ESF, the Rural Proofing Bill, FWIN's recent trip to the Ulster Museum, and more. Feel free to take a look here.


Fri 7th to Sun 9th August 2015 –  Wise Women Weekend, NUI, Maynooth.
Mon 20th to Fri 31st August 2015 - VIEW Digital Summer Learning Fortnight, VIEW Digital Premises, Belfast.
Fri 21st to Mon 24th August 2015Maeve Personal Development Workshop, Gyreum Ecolodge, Sligo.
Tues 1st Sept 2015 to Thurs 31st March 2016 - Health Improvement Western Area Training, various venues.

For more events, click here.


Space and Place Programme. Deadline: Friday 7th August 2015
Joseph Rowntree: Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods. Deadline: 12 midnight on Tuesday 11th August 2015
The RAKE Fund. Deadline: 5pm on Friday 15th August 2015
Arts Council NI: Arts and Older People. Deadline: 4pm on Thursday 20th August 2015

More funding opportunities are available on our website.

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