Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT4 3XX -

Next Chapter Women's Ambassador Forum

An event to inspire women of all backgrounds and ages across NI and border counties of the ROI

The Next Chapter will host REPRESENT Women's Ambassador Forum on Wednsday 17 October 2018, inviting four participants from each of the ten Chapter Hubs to attend. This event will be a first-of-its-kind at a time when discussion regarding the role of women in public life has never been more prominent. The day will include keynote speakers and panel discussions with women from far and wide across the region.

Journalist and producer Yvette Shapiro will host a series of exciting panels and discussions focusing on the representation of women in business and innovation, politics, the media, civic and community life. Our inspiring panels will explore how far women have come in levelling the playing field and the challenges they face into the future. The event will include speakers of local, national and international renown including prominent Businesswoman and Transparency Campaigner Gina Miller and former PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie.

“Women have a vital role to play in leading and managing organisations in the public 
and private sphere here, and I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and to
learning from others at this first-of-its-kind event.”
Judith Gillespie

"Northern Ireland will be one of the areas most affected by Brexit and I am                                          delighted to attend this event where I look forward to hearing at                                                                    first hand from women living and working in the region." 
Gina Miller

The success of the next generation of peace-building and reconciliation work relies on the increased participation of women, and the objective of this event is to motivate, inspire and create a pathway for women to enter community, public and political life.

The Next Chapter is a civic leadership programme that aims to increase the participation of women in community, public and political life, led by Politics Plus, working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Community and Voluntary Association (NICVA) and Irish Rural Link. This project is funded by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

This event is supported by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.