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WRDA Member's Event - 24th March 2016

WRDA will be responding to the Department of Justice Consultation on Domestic Abuse Offence and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. To help inform our members about this consultation we are organising an information session. 

Joanne McPadden from Department of Justice Community Safety Division will be in attendance to give us an overview of the consultation and to answer any of your questions

To register please contact:
Grassroots Lobbying Programme
A starting point for women to identify local needs and issues.

The training aims to raise awareness of local and national policies and the potential impact they may have on women. It also explores how women and communities can build their capacity to influence and engage with decision-makers.
The programme is fully funded and consists of 3x 2 hour sessions which includes:
 - How Democracy works
 - The Lobbying process
 - Working together for change
If your centre/organisation would like to have a Lobbying programme delivered or you would like more information regarding the programme, please contact: Isobel Loughran @ 90230212 or
International Women's Day Programme Launch

On Tuesday 16th February, this year’s International Women’s Day programme was launched in the Black Box, Belfast. Women came together to  learn more about what this year's festival has to offer. 

There were speakers from numerous organisations, who took to the stage and told us more information about their upcoming events for IWD.

Some of the events discussed: 
Trustwomen wokshops by Alliance for Choice
‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow Is Enuf’ screening by ICTU
Diva Disco by Belfast Feminist Network
Alternative Ms Ulster by Clare Bailey
Marxism and Feminism today by Communist Party of Ireland
Women’s Work Festival by Oh Yeah Centre
Official Launch of The Women’s Manifesto by WRDA + WRC


Lastly, Helen Crickard (RTA) took to the stage to urge people to attend this year’s Rally on the 5th March. The rally will gather for 12.30pm at Writer’s Square, then make its way to the City Hall for songs, speeches and a buffet. For more on this event, or any of the others, just follow the link to the official programme. 

Community Planning Survey

Please take a moment to complete this survey on Community Planning 
For us it is imperative that women get engaged to help define the consultative and engagement process and ensure that their voices are respectfully heard and reflected in the outcomes of each Council.  Responses to this survey will be collated in a report and sent to all Councils.

Women's Sector Lobbyist Update

Women's Sector Lobbyist Ellen Finlay works to ensure that women’s issues and views are effectively positioned and communicated to politicians and policy makers.

Ellen is pleased to report that as a result of our call for the gender pay gap to be addressed, Phil Flanagan and other colleagues from Sinn Féin on the Employment & Learning Committee, have tabled amendments to the Employment Bill, which is currently passing through Stormont. The Employment Bill is:

"A Bill to make provision relating to conciliation and other matters in connection with industrial tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal, including power to refer to chairmen as employment judges; to amend the law relating to protected disclosures; to confer power on the Department for Employment and Learning in connection with careers guidance and apprenticeships; to correct references relating to statutory shared parental pay; to make other provision relating to employment; and for connected purposes."

If passed, it would place a duty on employers with more than 50 employees to:
  • Publish information on the extent of the gender pay gap within their organisation
  • Outline the methodology used
  • Publish an action plan to eliminate any differences in pay
  • Send a copy to all employees and recognised trade unions

Full details of Ellen's latest work can be found here.
News Update
By Women's Sector Lobbyist @WSLobbyistNI
Stormont News
  • The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin, MLA, has announced that he will host the first “Assembly Women’s Week” beginning on Monday 7th March.  Full details here.
  • Former NI21 deputy leader Johnny McCarthy joins SDLP.
  • Michelle Gildernew back as Sinn Féin assembly election candidate.
  • DUP to recommend leaving EU to voters.
Westminster News
European News
  • Poverty in Ireland has a child’s face – how we use the European Semester process to help change that.
  • European Women’s Lobby unveils a new factsheet on violence against women.
WRDA Host #trustwomen Workshop
Last week Alliance for Choice paid a visit to WRDA offices to deliver a workshop on Abortion in NI and the ongoing #trustwomen campaign. Thank you to all who attended.
For more information on the campaign click here to follow them on Facebook.


Employment seminar on Shared Parental Leave and Pay - 7th March 2016
Assembly Women's Week - 7th-11th March 2016
International Women's Day Rally - 5th March 2016
An Overview of Welfare Reform and the Mitigations Package - 1st March 2016
Official Launch of The Women's Manifesto, Belfast - 9th March 2016
Official Launch of The Women's Manifesto, Derry/Londonderry - 9th March 2016
WRDA Members Event: Domestic Abuse Offence and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - 24th March 2016

For more events, click here.


Big Lottery Fund - People and Communities Fund. Deadline: Rolling.
The Swimathon Fund Grant. Deadline: March 4th
Level 2 and Level 3 BCCP. Deadline: April 14th
OFMDFM Minority Ethnic Development Fund. Deadline: March 8th
St Stephen Greens Trust. Deadline: Ongoing 

And finally...

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