Welcome to Our 100
Our 100 offers an opportunity to hear from an impressive cross section of women in Northern Ireland today on the impact that women make and the importance of seizing that moment, finding your voice and leading with determination to change things for the better
Speakers include a keynote interview with Baroness May Blood, a lifelong trade unionist, community activist and member of the House of Lords.
Baroness May Blood is followed by contributions from Dr Myrtle Hill, visiting research fellow in Queen’s University Belfast, who spotlights two of Northern Ireland’s suffragettes; Virgina McVea, Chief Electoral Office, on the impact of voting; Melanie Kennedy, founder of the Cancer Advocacy Movement, on campaigning and finding your voice; Katharine Walker, Miss Northern Ireland, on using a platform to spread a message and Katie Richardson will demonstrate the power of an anthem in underpinning your cause.
The ‘Voices and Votes’ exhibition, created by the Public Records Office Northern Ireland (PRONI), which explores the journey from reform of the 40-shilling franchise in 1832 to universal suffrage in 1928, will also be available for viewing. This will be the first opportunity to see the exhibition outside of PRONI and we are delighted to be able to bring it to you at this event. Our friends from PRONI and the Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry will be on-site to provide information on this exhibition and other work marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.
Our 100 will be held in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings on Monday, September 17. Doors open at 17.45 with dinner in the Member’s Dining Room before moving downstairs to the Great Hall at 18.30. It is a packed programme and is scheduled to finish a little after 8pm.