Join Our Team – Inspiring Change

Published: 10th November 2017, 4:07pm

Join Our Team – Inspiring Change

Join our Team - Inspiring Change!

We are seeking dynamic and motivated people to join our team.

Politics Plus, was established to enhance the capacity of elected Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and representatives of political parties; to strengthen the role of women and young people in political and public life; and deliver international development and exchange programmes for elected representatives and public officials in states affected by conflict and instability.

It is widely accepted that there has been insufficient representation of women in peace negotiations and in engagement in community reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland. It is difficult for women to have their voices heard and to participate fully in initiatives intended to support the transition out of conflict.

Therefore, in further development of the work of Politics Plus, in partnership with Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) and Irish Rural Link, we have developed an innovative project seeking to help address this issue: The Next Chapter.

The Next Chapter, which is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), aims to improve the representation of women in public and political life and contribute to a more gender-sensitive society, and this will in turn create positive working relationships between people from different communities. This project will include the creation of a network of people working together to support peace and reconciliation, mobilising social change in their own communities and throughout the entire region. 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.

The project will be implemented on a cross-community and cross-border basis. 10 Chapters will be set up across constituency areas in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; across the border regions, on a cross-community basis and will be inclusive of participants from all communities. The Chapters will make up a network of participants brought together with the collective goal of mobilising social change in their areas, through building their capacity and networks and working together towards a better future.