On 24 October 2017 Politics Plus in partnership with NICVA and Irish Rural Link announced their success in securing almost €1.5million for The Next Chapter project, which is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The Next Chapter is a new project targeting women to develop their ideas, build communities and support the transition out of conflict. The Next Chapter aims to improve the representation of women in public and political life and contribute to a more gender-sensitive society in Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland.
The project will be delivered in partnership by Politics Plus, Irish Rural Link and Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), and is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Next Chapter will contribute to SEUPB’s overarching programme output of regional level projects that result in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities. Match funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland and the Executive Office in Northern Ireland.
The Next Chapter will include the creation of a network of people working together to support peace and reconciliation, mobilising social change in their own communities and nurturing aspirations on a shared future.
This will be achieved over the next 24 months through;
Developing 10 Chapters across the region with up to 400 women helping mobilise social change in their areas through a range of initiatives including community projects
Delivering a Capacity Development training programme for 200 participants
Coordinating 10 cross-border peace and reconciliation networking events
Hosting two Ambassadors’ Forum events and a Stormont Symposium to showcase the programme and facilitate learning and development on a cross-community and cross-border basis
Creating a Young Female Leaders Advisory Panel
Empowering 150 women to contribute to legislative reform and policy consultation exercises.