NI Assembly Women’s Caucus mark International Women’s Day 2019

Published: 14th March 2019, 1:50pm

NI Assembly Women’s Caucus mark International Women’s Day 2019

Women's Caucus discuss #BalanceforBetter with women from across NI and beyond

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March 2019, Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus participated in a wide range of events and activities. They engaged in conversations with women of all ages and backgrounds from across Northern Ireland and beyond. Here is a short overview of just a few that took place here, at Parliament Buildings.

On Wednesday 6 March, Members of the Women’s Caucus joined 100 women from The Next Chapter project for a #BalanceforBetter themed Peace and Reconciliation event. The day focused on the importance of women leading on the journey from conflict to community co-operation and delivering positive change on issues including good relations and gender equality. During the event Members of the Women’s Caucus had the opportunity to network and engage with women from across Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland in an environment of inclusivity. Round table discussions focussed on women’s issues in a post conflict society, including barriers to participation in community, public and political life.

For more information and photos please visit https://politicsplus.com/news-item/women-together-strive-for-balanceforbetter/

On Friday 8 March, Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus were invited to participate in a special International Women’s Day event hosted by the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The event invited young women from 28 schools and youth organisations from across Northern Ireland to meet with Members of the Caucus to discuss issues relevant and local to them in their constituencies. After lunch the young women presented short pre-prepared statements on women’s health, education, women’s participation in politics, work and society as a whole, in the Assembly Chamber, with the Speaker, Members of the Women’s Caucus and Koulla Yiasouma, Children’s Commissioner for Northern Ireland, present to listen to their opinions.

For more information and photos please visit https://politicsplus.com/news-item/young-women-bring-balance-for-better-message-to-the-assembly/

On Monday 11 March, Kellie Armstrong MLA, Deputy Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus welcomed MLA’s and invited guests to the launch of the British Council ‘Women, Power, Politics: What’s changed in 100 years?’ report. The findings of the report were presented by the British Council research team, followed by a panel discussion which included two Members of the Caucus, Clare Bailey MLA and Claire Sugden MLA, alongside Joan Balantine from Ulster University, Lynn Carvill, from Women’s Tec and Liz Law, Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform. Questions covered concerned gender inequality in the political sphere, the role of civil society in advancing gender equality, representation and participation of women in public and political life as well as at the grass-roots and community level.

For more photos and to view the report please visit https://politicsplus.com/news-item/british-council-launch-women-power-politics-report/

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