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Welcome to our latest ezine! It's been another busy month for us here at WRDA, take a look at what we've been up to below. Feel free to contact Nieve on or 028 9023 0212 if you would like something considered for inclusion in the next edition.

WRDA Director Represents Women's Sector at Joint Forum Meeting

Photo courtesy of NICVA
WRDA Director Anne McVicker recently addressed government departments on behalf of the women’s sector at a Joint Forum meeting. The meeting, which took place in NICVA on Friday 15th May, was an opportunity for Anne to outline the vital services provided by women and how they are being disproportionately threatened by the current spate of funding cuts.
Anne spoke on behalf of WRDA, and as one of the seven partners of the Women’s Regional Consortium, which represents women in disadvantaged and rural communities across NI, as well as reflecting the views of the wider women’s sector. Read the full story here.

Women March Against Austerity

On Saturday 2nd May, women braved the awful weather and gathered in Belfast City Centre for the May Day March Against Austerity. To mark the Cut It Out campaign and celebrate women's work, they wore yellow clothing, held yellow banners and streamers, and sported yellow stickers with the campaign's tagline: Women Demand More. The Women’s Sector Lobbyist Orlaith Hendron made a speech that drew attention to the fact that women are bearing the brunts of austerity measures. She stressed that they are being underserved in many areas of life, and are not afraid to demand more from their government. Read more at our webiste here.

CUT IT OUT - Next Steps

WRDA are holding an engagement event asking people their views on the cuts and how we can move forward with the Cut It Out campaign that launched with a great turn out of women wearing yellow at the May Day Trade Union Rally (picture & article above).
The event will take place on Tuesday 26th May from 11am - 1pm at WRDA Offices and is open to all members and other individuals who’d like to have some input into the next steps of the campaign. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

EU Ombudsman Responds to Lobbyist Submission

The European Ombudsman's investigation into the European Commission’s delivery of Structural Investment Funds, including ESF, has been published. The Women’s Sector Lobbyist’s submission has been included and women are mentioned a number of times. Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly explained: "Among the fundamental rights issues I was alerted to during this inquiry were…higher barriers to women's associations' access to funds. I trust that the Commission will take my proposals on board at this early stage of the 2014-2020 funding period."
The response acknowledges the complaints received concerning national authorities using EU funds in violation of fundamental rights, and a job creation programme that clearly discriminated against women. The full list of proposals are available here.

WRDA Recruiting for Women's Sector Lobbyist post

WRDA are looking for a lobbyist to develop, coordinate and implement lobbying strategies to ensure that women’s issues are effectively communicated to politicians and policy makers. This is an exciting opportunity for a committed individual to make a real impact on women’s rights and equality. All details and rectruitment materials are available on our website.
Current lobbyist Orlaith Hendron is moving to Berlin at the beginning of June. All of us here at WRDA are sad to see Orlaith go, but we thank her for her brilliant work and wish her all the best with this exciting new stage of her life.

New Women's Regional Consortium Report

The Women's Regional Consortium’s most recently completed research project explores women’s perceptions of proposed welfare reform for Northern Ireland. As part of the project’s methodology, focus groups were held with women in disadvantaged areas. Read the full report here.

Footprints Women's Movement hold event on Domestic Violence

The Women’s Sector Lobbyist attended the Footprints Women’s Movement launch of a report and recommendations into Domestic Violence and Non-Molestation Orders in Northern Ireland. The report calls for three immediate changes to Non-Molestation Orders that will make the lives of victims of domestic abuse and violence safer. First that women are informed when orders have been issued. Second that monitoring and targets be set for when orders should be served. Third that written information be given to people on how to obtain and renew non-molestation orders. A paper petition is ongoing and an online petition will be sent out in due course. We congratulate Footprint’s Women’s Movement on the excellent work they are doing in driving this forward.

NIRWN Survey

NIRWN are currently developing a Rural Women’s Manifesto and need you/your organisation/group’s views on what you think should be key focus areas for inclusion.
Their aim is to produce a manifesto which will act as a valuable tool for their members, one that can be utilised in their communities for funding support, lobbying, services etc. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated, just click here to complete this quick, 10 question anonymous survey.

TEDcStormontWomen Event

The upcoming TEDxStormontWomen event will expand upon ideas raised during the live streaming of TEDWomen in Monterey, California. There will be a variety of speakers, including musicians, artists, journalists, authors, technicians and mindfulness practitioners, as well as women’s sector lobbyist Orlaith Hendron. The event will take place in Stormont Castle from 2pm to 5.30pm followed by the networking reception from 5.30pm to 7pm.


Fri 22nd to Sun 24th May 2015Amelia Earhart Legacy Assocation Mini Festival, Craft Village, L'Derry.
Tues 26th to Wed 27th May 2015Evaluating Commemorative Practice Workshop, The Playhouse, L'Derry.
Tues 26th May 2015 Avert Perpetrator Training, Ashleywood House, Armagh.
Tues 26th May 2015Autism Initiatives NI One Stop Shop, The One Stop Shop, L'Derry.
Wed 27th May 2015South II Hub: 1st Stakeholder Meeting, Tate Building, Windsor Women's Centre, Belfast.

For more events, click here.


Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council: Community Festivals Grant. Deadline: Thurs 28th May 2015
Volunteering Small Grants. Deadline: Fri 29th May 2015
Love Living in Film Grant. Deadline: Sun 31st May 2015
Money Saving Expert Charity Fund. Deadline: Sun 31st May 2015
Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Award. Deadline: Mon 1st June 2015

More funding opportunities are available on our website.

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