About the Event
After the huge success of the first programme, Politics Plus’ will be launching the Women in Public Life Programme 2016 on Friday 11th March 2016 in Room 115, Parliament Buildings.
The programme will be opened by Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly alongside Trevor Reaney, Clerk/Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Eileen Mullan, Strictly Boardroom, and Dr Helen Pankhurst, Gender Equality Activist, will address the group.
Eileen is Chair of Age NI, Northern Ireland Committee Member of the Big Lottery Fund, and a Non-Executive Director on a Health & Care Professions Council and an independent member of the Agricultural and wages Board. Her business, Strictly Boardroom, offers training for others to go forward for Board positions.
Dr Helen Pankhurst has continued the legacy set by her activist and suffragette great-grandmother, Emmeline Pankhurst, by campaigning for various women’s issues both in the UK and abroad. Helen splits her time between the United Kingdom and Ethiopia, focusing much of her recent work with Care International in Ethiopia.
Women in Public Life is an initiative aiming to address the imbalance found at a senior level in the Northern Ireland Civil Service and across public, regulatory, advisory and specialist bodies. The programme seeks to strengthen the role of women in political and public life and challenge many of the barriers to participation while building collaborative relationships between women.
The existing Women in Public Life Programme has been a great success, with participants from across the public and third sector enjoying the various modules while learning and developing valuable skills. The current cohort has called the programme thought-provoking, engaging, empowering and intelligent.
The success of the current Women in Public Life Programme, in addition to Politics Plus’ role in the Speaker’s Reference Group on a Gender Sensitive Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus, has validated the significance of such programmes in addressing the under-representation of women in public life in Northern Ireland. Therefore, we are delighted to be welcoming our second cohort on to this programme.