Full house for 'Inspiring Women' event in Newry

Thursday 21 November 2019

Full house for 'Inspiring Women' event in Newry

Over 60 local women attended 'An Audience with Bronagh Hinds' compered by journalist Allison Morris

Last night Mary McDonald, Next Chapter Regional Coordinator, welcomed an audience of over 60 women to 'An Audience with Bronagh Hinds', compered by journalist Allison Morris at the Canal Cout Hotel in Newry. The event was part of a series of 'Inspiring Women' events taking place in Newry throughout October and November, delivered as part of a Community Project by women from The Next Chapter Newry.


Photo: Next Chapter Regional Co-Ordinator Mary McDonald explains the aim of The Next Chapter

Eileen Fegan, from Next Chapter Newry, introduced Bronagh Hinds and set the scene for the short documentary film “Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs”, the story of the NI Women's Coalition, a cross-community party formed in 1996 by local working & middle-class women.


Photo: Bronagh Hinds, DemocraShe Senior Associate, UN expert on women’s engagement in peace processes, Women’s Coalition founder, previously a participant in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations and former Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission

Before the film began, Bronagh made a special mention to ladies who had travelled from Next Chapter groups in Co Donegal and Cavan, thanking them for their support for other Next Chapter Community Projects.


Photo: Ladies from Cavan Chapter attended the event

After the screening Allison Morris, Irish News Journalist, interviewed Bronagh about her experiences and her thoughts on the current situation in Northern Ireland.


Photo: (L-R) Bronagh Hinds and Allison Morris

Inviting questions from the floor, Allison widened the conversation and focussed discussions around how the audience could make a difference in the Newry area.


Photo: Tracy McAvoy from Next Chapter Newry asks what can we do to inspire young people to get involved in politics.

To conclude the evening Martina Byrne, from Next Chapter Newry, thanked the audience for their support and participation and again thanked Bronagh and Allison for a thought provoking and inspirational conversation.
  
Bronagh Hinds - DemocraShe Senior Associate, UN expert on women’s engagement in peace processes, Women’s Coalition founder, previously a participant in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations and former Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission
Bronagh prioritises peace and democracy, governance and leadership including building women’s capacity for political and public life. She is a UN expert on women’s engagement in peace processes (Syria currently), and works on women, peace and security with the Irish Government, the EU and within NI. A Women’s Coalition founder, she participated in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations; then, as Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission, led implementation of its equality and good relations provisions. She served as Northern Ireland Commissioner on the UK Women’s National Commission and a Commissioner on the Local Government Staff Commission. She was a Senior Fellow in Queen’s University Institute of Governance and chair of UCD’s Institute of British Irish Studies, previously having led voluntary organisations for twenty years.
 
 
Allison Morris - Security Correspondent & columnist with the Irish News as well as a regular political commentator on the BBC, UTV, RTE & SKY News.
A journalist for over 20-years Allison has won several awards including the NUJ News Journalist of the Year & CIPR Columnist of the Year.
On Twitter Allison is @AllisonMorris1


Photo: Women from Newry Chapter together with Bronagh Hinds and Allison Morris
 
Next Chapter Newry Contact details
email – nextchapternewry@gmail.com
Twitter @NextChapNewry

The Next Chapter project is run by Politics Plus, working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Community and Voluntary Association and Irish Rural Link. This project is funded by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. 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.