Introducing The Next Chapter …

Published: 20th February 2018, 3:40pm

Introducing The Next Chapter …

The Next Chapter is a new project targeting women to develop their ideas, build communities and support the transition out of conflict.

The Next Chapter aims to improve the representation of women in public and political life and contribute to a more gender-sensitive society in Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland.

Why do we need it? It is widely accepted that there has been insufficient representation of women in peace negotiations and in engagement in community reconciliation. However, in order to create a lasting legacy we need to make sure that women’s voices are heard. Peace is something more than the absence of violence – it’s a vision for a shared, diverse society where all lives are respected and valued.

Who are the partners and funders? The project will be delivered in partnership by Politics Plus, Irish Rural Link and Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), and is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Next Chapter will contribute to SEUPB’s overarching programme output of regional level projects that result in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities.

When is it happening? The Next Chapter is a two-year project. Plans are currently underway and the launch will take place in Spring 2018.

Where is it taking place? The project will take place right across Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland.

How can you get involved? The Next Chapter will include the creation of a network of people working together to support peace and reconciliation, mobilising social change in their own communities and nurturing aspirations on a shared future. 10 Chapters will be set up and each Chapter will be demographically representative and inclusive of participants from all communities.

To register your interest in getting involved visit

The Next Chapter (L – R) Gareth McGrath – Executive Director Politics Plus, Carla Campbell – Senior Programme Officer, Joanne Jennings – Head of Programmes, Liz Beaton – Communications Lead, Stephen Coogan – Finance Lead, Philip Cunningham – Project Manager, Alice Byrne – Project Coordinator

Additional members of Team include Sarah Malone – Project Coordinator and Alexandra De La Torre – Project Coordinator