Thursday 11 October 2018

Driving positive change on issues that matter

The Next Chapter women’s civic empowerment programme is delighted to host REPRESENT Women’s Ambassador Forum to develop women’s ideas to support the transition out of conflict, and debate and discuss gender equality in community, public and political life in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland.



REPRESENT Women's Ambassador Forum will take place on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. The event will include local, national and international speakers participating in a series of three panels to explore how far women have come in levelling the playing field and the challenges they face into the future.

 
The event will include local, national and international speakers participating in a series of three panels to explore how far women have come in levelling the playing field and the challenges they face into the future.

Confirmed speakers include;
Community Panel - Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer, Founder of Women in Leadership publication, Political & Women’s Rights Activist; Eileen Weir, Shankill Women’s Centre; Jaqueline Irwin, Northern Ireland Community Relations Council; Ursula McKenna, Dochas for Women NCCWN

Business & Innovation Panel - Alison Cowzer, Co Founder and Marketing & Innovation Director ‘East Coast Bakehouse’; Judith Gillespie CBE, Former PSNI Deputy Chief Constable

Political Panel - Megan Fearon MLA, Deputy Chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus; Carla Lockhart MLA, Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus; Niamh Smyth TD, Member of the Irish Parliamentary Caucus; Sophie Walker, Party Leader of the Women’s Equality Party; Professor Yvonne Galligan OBE, Professor Queen’s University Belfast.



The event will be compered by Journalist and Producer Yvette Shapiro and Journalist Declan Lawn will interview Gina Miller, Businesswoman and Transparency Campaigner.



“We are delighted to welcome this unrivalled programme of speakers for REPRESENT, the first Women’s Ambassador Forum," said Joanne Jennings, Head of Programes at Politics Plus. "These women represent all walks of life, and have accomplished so much in improving local communities, empowering others, challenging stereotypes and orthodoxies, and stepping forward to show leadership. With speakers from across Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK, this was an exceptional opportunity to hear some of the most inspiring speakers and activists on these islands.”



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

 

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