Mobile Billboard asks women to write the Next Chapter

Published: 11th May 2018, 2:55pm

Mobile Billboard asks women to write the Next Chapter

Next Chapter Information Sessions coming to a place near YOU

Future success in public and political life and continued peace for the region relies on the increased involvement of women – that was the message from Joanne Jennings, Head of Programmes at Politics Plus, when a team from The Next Chapter began their journey across Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland to promote this new and innovative EU-funded civic empowerment programme which aims to support women in taking their first steps into public life.

Over a three day period in May, The Next Chapter team and mobile billboard travelled over 500 miles through Counties Down, Louth, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Derry~Londonderry, Leitrim and Tyrone to promote The Next Chapter Information Sessions and provide information for those interested in registering for the programme.

The project is powered 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 (SEUPB). Match-funding has also been provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland and the Executive Office in Northern Ireland.

The Next Chapter is a new programme supporting women to develop their ideas, build communities and support the transition out of conflict. It 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. The initiative will run a series of training, coaching, mentoring and empowering programmes for women living and working in towns, cities and rural areas across the region.

Head of Programmes for Politics Plus, the lead organisation behind The Next Chapter, Joanne Jennings said: “Women are underrepresented in public life in Northern Ireland and border counties of the ROI and The Next Chapter aims to increase the level of female representation. The programme has been designed to help women or all ages and backgrounds take their first steps into politics and public life and includes training in communication, conflict resolution, media and a range of other topics.  Participants will also receive help in identifying how they can positively deliver change in their own areas.

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