'Diversity – Thinking Independently Together’ training rolls out across NI and border counties ROI in September.
The training will focus on the promotion of positive relations characterised by respect, and where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance, in line with the PEACE IV Programme aims. The training will aim to contribute to this by improving understanding about the various cultures needs, the impact of racism and the under-representation in public life of women from minority ethnic communities in the region.
Module Five follows four modules namely ‘Women as Champions of Peace Building’, ‘Decision-making, Politics and Public Life’, ‘Developing a Powerful Voice’ and ‘Communicating with Impact’.
Module Five will consist of three full days for each of the ten Chapter Hubs.
- Session 1 – This session will cover the impact of the Troubles on race and other equality awareness and issues, the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement, Section 75 of the NI Act / ROI equivalent on promoting equal opportunities and good relations, with case studies setting out different experiences.
- Session 2 – This session will address cultural awareness and visibility, forms of discrimination, prejudicial attitudes, hate crime and racism, as well as legislation.
- Session 3 – This session will address reasons for pre-existing disadvantage, under-representation in public life and the need to promote equality of opportunity, good relations and long-term institutional change.
The Next Chapter is a project aimed at building positive relations between women from different communities and backgrounds in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland and addressing the gender inequality which still exists in public and political representation. It is funded by the Special EU Programmes Body through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme. Match-funding for The Next Chapter project is provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
Visit The Next Chapter website for more information: www.thenextchapter.eu/
Left (below): Next Chapter participants from Belfast, Lisburn & Castlereagh Chapter taking part in Module Four ‘Communicating with Impact’ training earlier this year.
Right (below): Next Chapter participants from Louth Chapter during Module Four ‘Crisis Communications’ training earlier this year.