The Next Chapter aims to improve the representation of women in public and political life and contribute to a more gender-sensitive society. The programme, launched in March this year, has attracted interest from hundreds of women of all ages and backgrounds from across Northern Ireland and border counties of the Republic of Ireland. The Next Chapter project is led by Politics Plus in conjunction with Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) and Irish Rural Link. It is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
A core element of the project is the creation of a new network of Chapter Hubs spread across the region. Ten Hubs have been launched in Belfast, Lisburn & Castlereagh, Foyle, Co Donegal, Mid Ulster, Newtownabbey, Monaghan, Cavan, Newry, Louth and Enniskillen with over 300 participants taking part in a programme of events, community projects and training. In addition, 200 participants will take part in the FREE training, coaching and mentoring programme. Modules include Women as Champions of Peacebuilding, Decision Making, Politics and Public Life, Developing a Powerful Voice and Communicating with Impact.