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International Women's Day Lecture Series 2016
This year's International Women's Day lecture series kicked off on the 2nd of March with Carol Walker from the Somme Association. Carol discussed how the First World War was a watershed for women, especially in relation to new employment and enhanced voting opportunities. She highlighted the work of the suffragettes and how the contribution by women to the war made it apparent that a change in the laws concerning elections was needed.

On March 3rd we heard from Ruth Tallion about Women's role in the Easter Rebellion of 1916.
Ruth Taillon recounted the role of 200 female rebels who took part in virtually every aspect of the insurrection, and who shared in the sorrows and deprivations which followed.

On March 4th Louise Raw brought us through the importance that working class women played in the labour movement.  Louise also discussed her latest book which tells the story of a group of women who did just that in 1888 - the match girls at Bryant and May`s factory in Bow, East London.

The lectures then carried on into the next week, hearing from Myrtle Hill and Prof. Mary Davis.

Overall, the lectures were very well attended and enjoyed by all. They gave us a great insight into the role of women down through the decades and addressed the ongoing issue of women being airbrushed from history. 
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 
Late diagnosis is a major issue for women with ovarian cancer and their families. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month gives us all an opportunity to come together to make women and GPs more aware of the symptoms and the vital importance of early diagnosis.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting the key signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and is urging women to talk to their GP if they think something is wrong.

Dr Miriam McCarthy, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the PHA, said, ‘Cancer of the ovary affects over 150 women each year in Northern Ireland and is more common in women over the age of 50. Too often it is diagnosed late, when treatment options may be limited. We would like women to be aware of the early symptoms and to see their doctor if these occur. The earlier a woman with ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the more likely she is to have a better outcome.’

If you are over 50, the early symptoms to look out for include:
  • Persistent bloating for three weeks or more                                    
  • Persistent pelvic and abdominal pain                                                
  • difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Needing to pee urgently or more frequently than normal;
  • Changes in bowel habit
  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
If you require more information and support click here.
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 Rally #IWD16NI

On Saturday 5th March, women, men and children gathered at Writer's Square for this years IWD rally

As the crowds assembled we enjoyed music from the amazing Maz and Guitar Orchestra. There was plenty of entertainment to suit all ages including face painting and  party bags for the younger attendees. 

At around 2pm the crowds began to stand behind their banners and to the beat of the drum band we headed off down Royal Avenue. 

At Belfast City Hall we heard speeches from the Lord Mayer of Belfast, Lynn Carville (WOMENSTEC), Jo Amy Gowers (NUS-USI) , Naomi (Youth Action) and a poem by Orliath Hendron.

All speakers talked about the great advancements that have been made for women since 1916, however recognised that there is still a long way to go on the journey to equal rights and equal representation in all areas of life. 

WRDA would like to extend its thanks to Reclaim the Agenda for putting together this year's fantastic IWD programme, with over 50 events including a series of popular lectures in the Ulster Hall. Thanks also to the speakers, and all the families, individuals and groups who turned up to make 2016’s IWD Rally such a resounding success. We’re looking forward to next year already!

To view the photos from this years events click here.

Discounted Media Training for WRDA Members

VIEWdigital is offering a discount for WRDA members in digital media skills training during March, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

It is generally accepted that the UK is struggling to keep pace with the need for digital skills. A recent National Audit Office report states that the ‘UK digital skills gap across all industries exacerbates the government’s situation, even before considering demands of transformation’.

Tablets (electronic not pills!) are found more than half of all households in Northern Ireland and smartphones have taken over from laptops as the preferred way for internet users to get online.

People in Northern Ireland spend more time online than their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the latest Ofcom Communications Market Report.

VIEWdigital hosts training in digital media skills by industry experts.

In March you can sign up for an Infographics seminar and workshops on Online Visibility, Video Production and a masterclass on Smartphone Photography from an award winning photographer.

Check out the latest training ezine for further details:  and to bag your discount contact Una Murphy, VIEWdigital by March 16th  e:

Quotes for bespoke, tailored training and consultancy are also available on request.
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:
WRDA Assembly Update - February 2016
By @WSLobbyistNI
WRDA Women's Sector Lobbyist provides monthly Assembly updates to bring you the recent happenings on the hill. The monthly update focuses particularly on Assembly discussions, Assembly committee business and Assembly questions and answers that are relevant to Gender Equality issues and to the wider women’s sector generally.

For February's update click here.


Designing Human Rights Action Plans - 21st April 2016
WRDA Domestic Abuse Offence and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - 24th March 2016
Spotlight on Refugee Crisis - 15th March
Human Rights Action Plan Conference - 21st April 2016
Child Sexual Abuse - Raising Awareness and Understanding - 22nd April

For more events, click here.


Big Lottery Fund - People and Communities Fund. Deadline: Rolling.
EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation 2014-2020. Deadline: Rolling
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council – Good Relations Grant Aid. Deadline: Ongoing  
Allen Lane Foundation – Community Grants. Deadline: Ongoing 
St Stephen Greens Trust. Deadline: Ongoing 

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