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2014
Commissioned by: Women's Regional Consortium

Provides a critical examination of the Northern Ireland Executive's latest childcare policy document, Bright Start, from the perspective of women in disadvantaged and rural areas.

Author: Women's Regional Consortium
2010
Commissioned by: WCRP
Maps the community based childcare provision in women’s centres in Northern Ireland.
Author: WCRP
2010
Commissioned by: Employers for Childcare

Provides a comparative study of childcare policies.

Author: Employers for Childcare
2015
Commissioned by: NICVA

Estimates the economic ramifications of providing universal childcare in Northern Ireland using cost-benefit analysis.

Author: NICVA/PWC
2013
Commissioned by: Employers for Childcare

Reviews childcare costs in Northern Ireland

Author: R. Dennison
Various
Commissioned by: Employers for Childcare

Summarises on an annual basis the latest figures on the cost of childcare.

Author: Employers for Childcare
2013
Commissioned by: Citizens' Advice

Reviews the nature of government support for childcare costs within universal credit.

Author: Citizens’ Advice
2019
Commissioned by: Employers for Childcare

Childcare for All's annual report into the cost of childcare in Northern Ireland.

January 2019

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Author: Employers for Childcare
2012
Commissioned by: DHSPSS

Puts forward new standards developed to provide assurance of a consistent level of quality in childminding and day care services, and also to ensure a consistent regional approach to registration and inspection.

Author: DHSPSS
2013
Commissioned by: Equality Commission for NI

Sets out the type, extent and delivery of childcare provision necessary to maximise the economic participation of women within Northern Ireland.

Author: McQuaid, Graham, Shapira
2014
Commissioned by: NEF

This report aims to stimulate a fresh debate about one of the most important issues facing our society: how best to care for our children. We propose three changes to help overcome inequalities and move towards better childcare for all.

Author: Anna Coote
2011
Commissioned by: EYSA

Presents a roadmap for the development of early years, childcare and family support services for Northern Ireland. 

Author: EYSA
2015
Commissioned by: OFMDFM

Women's Resource & Development Agency, Children in Northern Ireland and Women's Information Northern Ireland joint response to OFMDFM's "Delivering Social Change Through Childcare" Strategy, November 2015

Author: WRDA, CiNI and WINI
2018
Commissioned by: Employers for Childcare

A selection of people recount their childcare arrangements to illustrate the need  for universal childcare in Northern Ireland.

Author: Various
2015
Commissioned by: OFMDFM

NIRWN's consultation response to OFMDFM's "Delivering Social Change Through Childcare" Strategy, November 2015

Author: NIRWN
2014
Commissioned by: Barnardos

Explores childcare demand among ethnic minority groups in Northern Ireland.

Author: M. A. Webb, D. Kernaghan and M. Caffrey
2014
Commissioned by: NI Executive

Sets out the framework, principles and a range of key first actions to help deliver the Executive’s vision for childcare. A more comprehensive childcare strategy is set to follow shortly.

Author: NI Executive

2009
Commissioned by: TWN

Draws learning from a range of projects and initiatives in Northern Ireland and beyond in working towards de-segregating the workforce through facilitating the access of women to non-traditional occupations.

Author: Michael Potter
2007
Commissioned by: TWN

Outlines issues facing minority ethnic women wanting to secure employment, while making a number of recommendations.  Also compares and contrasts the experiences of the integration of minority ethnic women in business across the island of Ireland.

Author: Michael Potter
2015
Commissioned by: Equality Commission for NI

Explores key educational inequalities across the equality grounds in Northern Ireland.

Author: S. Burns, R. Leitch and J. Hughes
2007
Commissioned by: TWN

The Women into Non-Traditional Sectors (WINS) project led by Belfast City Council and the Equal at Work project in Dublin, both part-funded by the EU Equal Initiative, commissioned research into mechanisms for brining women into non-traditional occupations north and south. Training for Women Network (TWN) carried out the work for Northern Ireland and the Women’s Education Resource and Research Centre (WERRC) at University College Dublin (UCD) carried out the research for the Republic of Ireland.

Author: TWN
2006
Commissioned by: TWN

Investigates the barriers to participation faced by women from minority ethnic backgrounds in starting up and conducting businesses in Northern Ireland, encompassing issues for businesses in general, issues for women and issues for members of minority ethnic groups.

Author: Michael Potter
2015
Commissioned by: NISRA

Contains information on the economic status of women in Northern Ireland from the most recent quarterly labour force survey.

Author: NISRA
2011
Commissioned by: OFSTED

Evaluates the affect of careers education, careers guidance and other provision on the aspirations and choices of girls and young women.

Author: OFSTED
2018
Commissioned by: NISRA
The following publication considers the different labour market experiences of women and men in Northern Ireland. A consistent feature of the labour market is higher unemployment and employment rates for males and higher inactivity rates for females. Using the Labour Force Survey quarterly and household datasets, these features are explored.
Author: NISRA
2018
Commissioned by: Equality Commission for NI

A formal investigation into the treatment of pregnant workers and mothers in Northern Ireland's workplaces.

Author: ECNI
2018
Commissioned by: ESRI

In most developed countries, economies are facing population ageing, falling fertility rates and stagnating labour force participation. The ability of governments to fund future pension and health-care expenditure relies to a large extent on income tax and social security receipts from workers. Policymakers are generally in agreement that increasing the labour force participation of women, without reducing the fertility rate, is needed. In the year 2000, with the aim of increasing women's labour market participation, a partial individualisation of the Irish income tax system was initiated. Using the Living in Ireland survey and a difference-in-differences framework, I investigate whether this reform had any effect on female labour supply and caring duties. I find that the labour force participation rate of married women increased by 5-6 percentage points in the wake of the reform, hours of work increased by two per week and hours of unpaid childcare decreased by approximately the same margin.

Author: Karina Doorley
2018
Commissioned by: Equality Commission for NI

A leaflet looking at employer's duty towards pregnant employees and maternity leave.

Author: ECNI
2018
Commissioned by: New Economics Foundation

This briefing paper from the New Economics Foundation summarises the case for shortening people’s working hours without a loss in pay and puts forward an initial policy framework for getting there. It also marks the beginning of a new stream of work supporting those in trade unions, industry and government seeking to pursue this cause in the UK and across Europe.

Author: Aidan Harper and Alice Martin
2017
Commissioned by: ESRI

Women make up the majority of those employed in the civil service but are underrepresented at the most senior grades, where key policy and operational decisions are taken. Action 8 of the Civil Service Renewal Plan commits to improving gender balance at each level, including senior grades. The present study was commissioned by a high-level steering group set up to oversee implementation of this action. It draws on a combination of administrative data, reanalysis of the Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey conducted in 2015, and in-depth work history interviews with 50 senior civil servants across four departments. In addition, in-depth interviews were conducted with staff involved in recruitment and promotion within the public service. This rich combination of data yields new insights into the processes shaping gender differences in representation at the most senior grades of the civil service and thus provides a strong evidence base to inform future policy and practice.

Author: Helen Russell
2014
Commissioned by: WRDA

Comprehensively evaluates the Live and Learn Project, which has run throughout the last five years and offers training, support and events for women through 14 women's centres based in local communities across Northern Ireland.

Author: Brigid Loughran
2017
Commissioned by: ESRI

This article examines the impact of a large increase in female participation on occupational segregation. Increases in female participation may decrease occupational segregation if women enter male dominated sectors but may increase segregation if they enter already female dominated sectors. Using Ireland as a test case due to the recent large increase in female participation rates, we firstly carry out a decomposition analysis between 1991 and 2006 and find that the rise in female employment was driven predominantly by increased demand while between one tenth and one fifth of the rise was due to women increasing their share of occupational employment. Formal measures of segregation show that occupational segregation fell over this time period. The formal measures of segregation show that the level of occupational grouping is important with stagnation or smaller falls in segregation using a broad occupational grouping and sharper falls using a more detailed occupational grouping. Our findings support previous U.S. research that found a rise in female participation resulted in a decline in occupational segregation.

Author: Claire Keane
2019
Commissioned by: National Women's Council of Ireland

Toolkit on how to end sexual violence and harassment in third level education.

Author:
2010
Commissioned by: New Economics Foundation

This report sets out arguments for a much shorter working week. It proposes a significant shift in what is considered ​normal’ – down from 40 hours or more, to 21 hours. While people can choose to work longer or shorter hours, we propose that 21 hours – or its equivalent spread across the calendar year – should become the standard that is generally expected by government, employers, trade unions, employees, and everyone else.

Author: NEF
2017
Commissioned by: National Women's Council of Ireland

A review of data on the prevalence of sexual violence and harassment in Irish higher education settings.

Author: J. McCarthy Flynn
2018
Commissioned by: University of Ulster

Report based on an all Ireland Trade Union survey.

Author: Fiona Bloomer
2009
Commissioned by: European Commission

Reviews international research evidence on the relationship between gender and education.

Author: K. Lynch and M. Feeley
2009
Commissioned by: WCRP

Explores women's community education provision as a key component of Northern Ireland's active and vibrant community learning sector.

Author: WCRP
2014
Commissioned by: Women's Regional Consortium

Draws on research carried out during throughout the first half of 2014 to identify gaps and unmet needs in education and training affecting women in disadvantaged and rural areas.

Author: Women's Regional Consortium
2018
Commissioned by: Unison

A Unison campaign to recognise the work of support staff in schools.

Author: Unison
2011
Commissioned by: WCRP

Provides an overview of how programmes for a ‘hard to reach’ target group can be delivered successfully in a women’s centre setting.

Author: WCRP, Angela Hegarty
2019
Commissioned by: ESRI

While education levels of women have increased dramatically relative to men, women are still greatly underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) college programmes. The ESRI use unique data on preference rankings for all secondary school students who apply for college in Ireland and detailed information on school subjects and grades to decompose the sources of the gender gap in STEM.

Author: Judith Delaney

2019
Commissioned by: ESRI

Minimum wages are often advocated as tools to alleviate poverty as long as they are not set so high that they reduce employment. Because women are more likely than men to work in low paid jobs, minimum wages can also help to reduce the gender pay gap. This study examines how the gender wage gap changed following the introduction of the National Minimum Wage in Ireland in 2000 and the United Kingdom (UK) in 1999.

Author: Karina Doorley
2013
Commissioned by: Equality Commission for NI

Proposes and details a conceptual framework to set out how equality responsive budgeting can be used within budgetary processes to further assist public authorities in promoting equality of opportunity and good relations.

Author: Sheila Quinn
2013
Commissioned by: NI Assembly

Summarises the background to women’s representation in politics, outlines the legislative frameworks relevant to women’s representation in the Northern Ireland Assembly and reviews some mechanisms for increasing female representation.

Author: Michael Potter
2011
Commissioned by: Women's Centre Derry

A report on a pilot project seeking to develop a rights based approach to women's empowerment.

Author: The Women's Centre Derry
2018
Commissioned by: ESRI

Gender differences in the impact of Irish budgetary policy over the last decade can be traced back to the fact that women are more likely than men to be lone parents, to be out of the labour force and to benefit from child-related supports.

Author: Karina Doorley
2013
Commissioned by: OFMDFM

Examines current progress towards action plan commitments at the mid-term point of the Gender Equality Strategy.

Author: OFMDFM
2019
Commissioned by: NI Assembly

The paper summarises statistics on gender representation in decision-making positions in Northern Ireland.The statistics are set out in simplified tables to offer an at-a-glance view of gender and power in Northern Ireland.

Author: Michael Potter
2018
Commissioned by: ESRI

Women are disproportionately in low‐paid work compared to men so, in the absence of rationing effects on their employment, they should benefit the most from minimum wage policies. This study examines the change in the gender wage gap around the introduction of minimum wages in Ireland and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Using survey data for the two countries, we develop a decomposition of the change in the gender differences in wage distributions around the date of introduction of minimum wages. We separate out “price” effects attributed to minimum wages from “employment composition” effects. A significant reduction of the gender gap at low wages is observed after the introduction of the minimum wage in Ireland, while there is hardly any change in the U.K. Counterfactual simulations show that the difference between countries may be attributed to gender differences in non‐compliance with the minimum wage legislation in the U.K.

Author: Olivier Bargain
2010
Commissioned by: WCRP

Brings together qualitative research into women’s experience of violence in Northern Ireland.

Author: Anne McMurray Development Ltd/ WCRP
2009

Describes the role of women living in disadvantaged communities and details the barriers that make it difficult for women to fulfil their potential or participate fully in society.

Author: Helen McLaughlin
2006
Commissioned by: WSN

Comprises an audit of the work of WSN members in Europe.

Author: WOMEN'STEC/WSN
2004
Commissioned by: WSN, Women into Politics

Puts fowards the findings of a conference on global feminism.

Author: WSN & Women Into Politics
2016
Commissioned by: British Council

Reviews the condition of gender equality and empowerment of women/girls in the UK in respect of UN member state sustainable development goals.

Author: British Council
2016
Commissioned by: Equality Commission for NI

A graphical timeline of gender equality in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Author: ECNI
2016
Commissioned by: WRDA

A series of demands on gender equality issues, directed at local descision makers. 

Author: Women's Policy Group
2018
Commissioned by: University of Ulster

This paper sets gender in the context of both policy and practice, providing challenges to gender based work with young women and young men, as well as providing recommendations for policy developments in helping young people to understand and challenge the impact that gender has upon their lives.

Author: Youth Action
2018
Commissioned by: HeforShe

Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime. This requires an innovative, inclusive approach that mobilizes people of every gender identity and expression as advocates and acknowledges the ways that we all benefit from this equality. HeForShe invites people around the world to stand together as equal partners to craft a shared vision of a gender equal world and implement specific, locally relevant solutions for the good of all of humanity.

Author:
2014
Commissioned by: Northern Ireland Assembly

Reviews the representation of women in positions of power in Northern Ireland and examines a selection of recent policy developments with regard to their impacts on women

Author: M. Potter
2019
Commissioned by: HeforShe

Information for individuals on how to organise an event and network to explore how men can be allies in the process of gender equality.

Author:
2013
Commissioned by: UN - CEDAW

Contains concluding observations on the seventh periodic report of the UK from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

Author: UN - CEDAW
2018
Commissioned by: WRDA

A guide to best practice on involving women in public consultations.

Author: Kellie Turtle
2019
Commissioned by: HeforShe

Guide for creating a gender equal workplace

Author:
2007
Commissioned by: WRDA

Includes summaries of speeches, workshop discussions and policy recommendations given at a conference around the theme of bringing a gender awareness to the Shared Future agenda.  

Author: WRDA
2010
Commissioned by: Government Equalities Office

Explores the nature of the UK gender pay gap from 1995 to 2007 using data from the British Household Panel Survey.

Author: Government Equalities Office
2014
Commissioned by: NERI Research in Brief

Seeks to understand why Northern Ireland performs well on measures of the gender pay gap compared to the rest of the UK and examines what can be learnt from this.

Author: P. MacFlynn
2010
Commissioned by: European Commission

Looks at the extent to which EU Member Statesand EEA/EFTA countries have developed gender equality considerations in their policies designed for the active inclusion of vulnerable groups in society. The report provides concrete policy examples across the three pillars of the active inclusion strategy, these being adequate income support, inclusive labour markets and access to quality services.

Author: European Commission
2016-2018
Commissioned by: Sibéal

The network publishes a yearly Journal covering a wide range of topics in the field.

Author: Various
2016
Commissioned by: WRDA

This paper seeks to demonstrate the need and benefit of women-only services across Northern Ireland as well as providing the women’s community and voluntary sector with a tool to lobby for funding as well as to highlight the uniqueness and benefits of women-only services, not just for women but families and the community as a whole.

Author: Ellen Finlay
2012
Commissioned by: NISRA/ DFPNI

Uses statistics to show the nature of participation of women in Northern Ireland in the labour market.

Author: NISRA/ DFPNI
2014
Commissioned by: Women's Regional Consortium

Summarises the current issues that matter most to local women based on views gathered at the launch of the Women's Regional Consortium in February 2014.

Author: Women's Regional Consortium

2014
Commissioned by: Liverpool Mental Health Consortium

assesses the impact of austerity on the mental wellbeing of women in Liverpool

Author: Liverpool Mental Health Consortium
2016
Commissioned by: Department of Health

outlines health inequalities in Northern Ireland between the most and least deprived areas

Author: C. Bell et al.
2018
Commissioned by: LASI

A leaflet prepared by HereNI discussing fertility options for Lesbian individuals and couples.

Author: LASI
2012
Commissioned by: WRDA

Analyses the Breast and Cervical Screening Programme and Sexual Health for Parents programme delivered by WRDA.

Author: WRDA
2009
Commissioned by: WHO

Examines evidence for interventions to promote gender equality in prevention of violence against women.

Author: World Health Organisation
2017
Commissioned by: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

presents survey findings on women’s experiences of antenatal and postnatal mental health care.

Author: K. Russell et al.
2014
Commissioned by: University of Ulster

Explores the relationship between gender equality, domestic violence and human rights in the Northern Ireland case.

Author: M. McWilliams and F. Ní Aoláin
2015
Commissioned by: Queen's University Belfast

Examines the relationship between substance misuse and suicide within the context of Northern Ireland.

Author: K. Galway
2016
Commissioned by: Institute of Public Health in Ireland

Examines the impact of loneliness on the well being of older people and potential policy and service interventions to address same.

Author: B. Harvey and C. Walsh
2014
Commissioned by: CARDI

Attempts to measure social exclusion among older people in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) and fill critical knowledge gaps.

Author: Kieran Walsh
2018
Commissioned by: CAJ

A discussion note on the potential role of the UK parliament in introducing Abortion reform to NI.

Author: CAJ
2012
Commissioned by: NIHRC

Investigates the rights of older people in nursing homes in Northern Ireland.

Author: NIHRC
2015
Commissioned by: Commission for Victims and Survivors

Explores the trans-generational impact of the Troubles on mental health

Author: S. O’Neill et al.
2018
Commissioned by: CAJ

Discusses the role of the UK Parliament in regards to Abotion in NI.

Author: CAJ
2018
Commissioned by: Children's Commissioner

A report on the conditions in secure training centres for girls (in England) and a discussion on how the girls came to be imprisoned.

Author: Anne Longfield and Louise Casey
2018
Commissioned by: National Women's Council of Ireland

Women discuss mental health in their own words.

Author:
2016
Commissioned by: Department of Health

outlines health inequalities in Northern Ireland between the most and least deprived areas

Author: C. Bell et al.
2015
Commissioned by: AMH/QUB

examines the effectiveness of current mental health provision in Northern Ireland

Author: G. Wilson et al.
2003
Commissioned by: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

explores how ethnonational conflict in the jurisdiction has adversely impact mental health and wellbeing

Author: C. C. Kelleher
2016
Commissioned by: AWOC

A report on the growing issue of people ageing without children in light of government assumptions that families will fill the gaps in social care.

Author: AWOC
2003
Commissioned by: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

seeks to measure the mental health impact of ethnonational conflict in the jurisdiction

Author: C. C. Kelleher, D. O’Reilly and M. Stevenson
2015
Commissioned by: University of Bristol

examines the mental health and suicide impact of global recession

Author: D. Gunnell et al.
2007
Commissioned by: DHSPSS

Assesses the evidence of the impact of the Northern Ireland conflict on mental health and well-being, with particular emphasis on suicide.

Author: M. Tomlinson
2015
Commissioned by: Commission for Victims and Survivors

Explores the trans-generational impact of the Troubles on mental health

Author: S. O’Neill et al

2013
Commissioned by: Institute for Fiscal Studies

Presents projections of relative and absolute income poverty among children and working-age adults in every year to 2016–17, and in 2020–21. The aim is to estimate the implications for household incomes – and hence, income poverty – of what is known about tax and benefit policy and current forecasts for the macroeconomy.

Author: J. Browne, A. Hood and R. Joyce
2014
Commissioned by: Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK

Analyses data on child poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom, presenting a child poverty measurement

Author: G. Main and J. Bradshaw
2013
Commissioned by: JRF

explores the relationship between housing and poverty in the United Kingdom

Author: R. Tunstall et al.
2013
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Provides an overview of the research evidence on the relationship between poverty and ethnicity in Northern Ireland.

Author: A. Wallace, R. McAreavey and K. Atkin
2014
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Provides the latest data on poverty in Northern Ireland, focusing on associations between poverty, work, disability and age.

Author: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2019
Commissioned by: Resolution Foundation

Detailed data about household incomes comes with a considerable lag. And while the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) produces economic forecasts for the next five years, these only tell us about averages. In this, our second dedicated Living Standards Outlook, we combine survey data, OBR forecasts, the government’s tax and benefit policies, and more, to project household income growth for different groups.

Author: Adam Corlett
2018
Commissioned by: NI Assembly
This paper examines multiple deprivation levels across Northern Ireland using the most recent deprivation measures available.
Author: Anne Devlin et al
2015
Commissioned by: New Economics Foundation

A report by the NEF into the impact of Austerity on the NI labour market and discussion of the direction of NI’s labour market and economic policy.

Author: Annie Quick
2007
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Explores children’s experiences of poverty and educational disadvantage and their attitudes to education.

Author: D. Hirsch
2013
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Provides an overview of devolved strategies to tackle child poverty in the UK; builds on earlier work by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation assessing the impact of devolution for low-income people and places; and, looks at what more can be done within existing powers to tackle child poverty.

Author: J. McCormick
2013
Commissioned by: DSD

Contains headline poverty figures drawn from the latest Households Below Average Income datasets for the period April 2011 up to the end of March 2012.

Author: DSD/ NISRA
2019
Commissioned by: Women's Budget Group

Summary of the impact of cuts to local authority budgets on women.

Author: Heather Wakefield
2014
Commissioned by: University of Oxford, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Identifies and analyses evidence on the links between gender and poverty and examines the impact of these links on policy approaches.

Author: F. Bennett and M. Daly
2012
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Examines in detail what has happened in Northern Ireland since the recession in terms of poverty and social exclusion.

Author: T. MacInnes et al. (New Policy Institute)
2017
Commissioned by: NERI

Many analysts agree that the most challenging issue facing the labour market is the quality rather than the quantity of employment. The evidence presented in this Research In Brief however suggests that these headline figures have been masking a more worrying story about the changing nature and quality of employment in Northern Ireland. Specifically, this Research InBrief shows that insecure employment and low pay present particular challenges to improving the quality of jobs and providing decent work for all.

Author: Lisa Wilson
2014
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Examines the findings of a number of projects examining the associations between jobs, skills and poverty, with a view to identifying ‘sustainable solutions’ to in-work poverty and worklessness.

Author: K. Schmuecker
2015
Commissioned by: Social Policy and Society

presents findings on the impact of the United Kingdom recession on suicide rates

Author: A. Curl and A. Kearns

2014
Commissioned by: Northern Ireland Assembly

Explores the topical issues of rural isolation, poverty and rural community/farmer wellbeing.

Author: M. Allen
2014
Commissioned by: Rural Network NI

Seeks to highlight solutions for telecommunication services within rural areas.

Author: NIRDP ICT Working Group
2012
Commissioned by: Niamh Louise Foundation

Examines issues of rural mental health, stigma and services in four council districts in Northern Ireland.

Author: J. Donaghy Consulting
Various
Commissioned by: DARD

Provides DARD statistics on a wide range of rural issues, including agriculture, food, animal health, fisheries and forestry in Northern Ireland.

Author: DARD
2012
Commissioned by: Northern Ireland Assembly

Aims to provide an overview of the main approaches being taken to alleviate rural poverty and increase rural development, as well as exploring whether these approaches have specifically targeted or benefitted rural women.

Author: Northern Ireland Assembly
2006
Commissioned by: WRDA

Snapshots the position of women in rural Northern Ireland on public bodies, voluntary agencies, political representation, etc, to illustrate the low levels of representation in decision making, in the context of the Review of Public Administration (RPA). 

Author: Marie Crawley
2005
Commissioned by: WEFT

Considers issues of gender mainstreaming and the use of focus groups and audits to illustrate understanding and demonstrate current levels of representation.  

Author: Marie Crawley & Louise O'Meara
2018
Commissioned by: NIRWN

An indepth exploration of NIRWN's priority areas, Caring responsibilities; Rural Transport; Rural Development; Education and Training of Women; Rural Women, Poverty and the Economy and Social Isolation, Health and Wellbeing.

Author: Louise Coyle
2012
Commissioned by: DARDNI

Contains commitments on rural issues by all Departments and provides a framework for a more integrated approach by the Executive in seeking to address the challenges facing our rural communities.

Author: DARDNI
Commissioned by: Rural Community Network and the Rural Women's Sectoral Programme Consortium

Provides a picture of the current rural women's infrastructure, their representation in rural community activity and decision making; the level of rural community activity for rural women; and the level of community development skills within the women's sector. Recommendations are made for DARD, Rural Women's Groups Strategy Partnership and Rural Community Network. 

Author: Tony Macauley and Bernie Laverty
2012
Commissioned by: VOICES Participation for Social Justice with NIRWN

Looks at the barriers affecting women's access to public and statutory services in rural communities in Northern Ireland.

Author: Karen Henry
2018
Commissioned by: Rural Community Network

This leaflet was compliled by Rural Residents' Forum to help explain how rural communities can get their area identified for a rural housing needs test and how individuals can apply for social housing.

Author: Rural Community Network

Commissioned by: WSN

Offers a profile of advice and support service provision in women’s centres within greater Belfast.

Author: Edel Quinn/Women’s Advice Services Support Project
2014
Commissioned by: Women's Regional Consortium

Captures a snapshot of women's perceptions of the demand for and the actual/potential role of community-based women-only advice in the context of ongoing austerity and associated poverty.

Author: Women's Regional Consortium
2018
Commissioned by: WAFNI

The Belfast Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership has developed a leaflet on financial abuse – what is it, how to recognise it, and how to break free from it.

The guide includes vital information on legal options, managing debt, and what to do once you leave an abusive partner.

Author: Belfast Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership
2018
Commissioned by: Youth Action

A leaflet prepared by Youth Action.

Author: Youth Action
2013
Commissioned by: WSN

Examines the specialist advice services available to women in the greater Belfast area.

Author: WSN
Commissioned by: WSN

Provides a comprehensive guide to the local public procurement and tendering landscape.

Author: WSN
2018
Commissioned by: LASI

A leaflet prepared by HereNI discussing coming out to your friends and family.

Author: LASI
2019
Commissioned by: NISRA

The Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin is a quarterly bulletin containing information on new housing starts and completions, homelessness, the NI House Price Index and new house sales and prices.

Author: NISRA

2013
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowantree Foundation

Explores how the social housing sector might ‘address poverty and help prevent tenants from moving into problematic debt and rent arrears’, in the context of welfare reform and wider austerity.

Author: G. Whitfield
2014
Commissioned by: Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK

Assesses the impact of austerity on low income households in the United Kingdom.

Author: S. Pemberton et al.
2011
Commissioned by: WRDA

Analyses the impact of the financial crisis on women, including lone parents, migrant women, young women and older women, with a particular focus given to pensions, welfare reform, debt and credit, housing, and energy debt. Includes a summary of policy recommendations for each government department.

Author: Bronagh Hinds
2014
Commissioned by: JRF

Explores the effects of cuts in welfare expenditure on social landlords and tenants.

Author: Power, A. et al.
2013
Commissioned by: Oxfam

Examines the impact of austerity on inequality across Europe.

Author: Oxfam
2015
Commissioned by: Engender et al.

Examines the cumulative impact of welfare changes on women in Scotland.

Author: Engender
2011
Commissioned by: FEANTSA

Examines the impact of austerity in the housing sector across EU member states.
 

Author: FEANTSA
2015
Commissioned by: NISRA

Outlines the Northern Ireland specific impacts of the summer budget 2015 for benefit claimants (including tax credit claimants).

Author: NISRA
2014
Commissioned by: Gingerbread

Summarises research on the impact of austerity on lone parents’ everyday lives.

Author: Rabindrakumar, S
2013
Commissioned by: NICVA

Outlines the anticipated impact of proposed welfare reforms on the Northern Ireland economy.

Author: Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill
2013
Commissioned by: University of Ulster

Explores the impact of welfare reform on Northern Ireland, including on pre-existing poverty.

Author: G. Horgan
2019
Commissioned by: Northern Ireland Audit Office

A report on the impact of welfare reforms in NI.

Author: Comptroller and Auditor General
2012
Commissioned by: Trust for London

A report by leading academic Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, and Jude Towers at Lancaster University, raises concern about the implications of public expenditure reductions for the provision of local violence against women services.

Author: Sylvia Walby and Jude Towers
2012
Commissioned by: Fawcett Society

Examines a range of quantitative and qualitative data and analysis on the impact of UK austerity measures on women.

Author: Fawcett Society
2013
Commissioned by: Liverpool John Moores University

Considers the cumulative impact of spending cuts and other austerity initiatives on vulnerable groups of women in Liverpool.

Author: L. James, J. Patinotis
2014
Commissioned by: Oxfam

Examines how the poorest families in the United Kingdom have been affected by benefit cuts.

Author: H. Aldridge and T. McInnes
2012
Commissioned by: Institute for Fiscal Studies

Examines the projected cumulative impact of tax and benefit reforms on Northern Ireland households.

Author: J. Browne
2012
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowantree Foundation

Reviews ‘the impact of changes in the structure of employment and pay on income inequality and poverty’.

Author: M. Brewer et. al.
2011
Commissioned by: TUC

Explores the gender impact of cuts to jobs, services and welfare.

Author: TUC
2012
Commissioned by: Young Foundation

Considers the impact of austerity cuts on some of the most vulnerable in Camden.

Author: M. Aylott et. al.
2015
Commissioned by: Institute for Fiscal Studies

Examines the impact on household income distribution in the United Kingdom of recent tax, tax credit and benefit reform.

Author: W. Elming et al.
2011
Commissioned by: Northern Ireland Audit Office

Explores the nature of the uptake of benefits by pensioners in Northern Ireland.

Author: Northern Ireland Audit Office
2011
Commissioned by: Fawcett Society

An assessment of the cumulative impact on single mothers of 2010-15 tax and benefit reforms.

Author: Fawcett Society
2014
Commissioned by: Sheffield Hallam University
Assesses the effects on the private rented sector in Northern Ireland of recent austerity-driven government reform of housing benefit and local housing allowances.
Author: C. Beatty et al.
2013
Commissioned by: Research on Ageing and Social Policy

Explores the impact of austerity-driven cuts on different population cohorts.

Author: J. Ginn
2013
Commissioned by: Ipsos Mori

Explores the impact of austerity on the everyday lives of families in the United Kingdom.

Author: S. Hall and C. Perry

2012
Commissioned by: William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law

Explores the participation of women in dealing with the past within post-conflict society, focussing on the Northern Ireland case.

Author: C. O'Rourke
2007
Commissioned by: TWN

Supported by a bursary from NI-CO, the TWN Policy and Research Officer went to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 5-9 November 2007 to make connections with organisations working in the area of gender equality and to investigate comparisons between the post-conflict contexts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland in terms of women’s empowerment.

Author: TWN
2018
Commissioned by: Equality Commission for NI

ECNI's submission to CEDAW.

Author: ECNI
2008
Commissioned by: TWN

Draws on the experiences and differences that women went through alongside their male counterparts during the conflict in Northern ireland and examines the needs of women today in our post-conflict society.

Author: Michael Potter
2013
Commissioned by: University of Denver

An analysis of the effectiveness of women's participation in the NI peace process.

Author: Amanda E. Donahoe
2006
Commissioned by: TWN

Assesses how far the promises of the Belfast Agreement have been achieved in providing the necessary resources to meet the needs of victims and places women within the context of the victims sector.

Author: Michael Potter
2009
Commissioned by: WCRP

Research aiming to map individual women's experiences of violence in NI.

Author: Anne McMurray
2005
Commissioned by: TWN

Investigates women's role in peacebuilding. Debates relating to innate passivity in women, socialisation processes, differential impact of conflict and coincidental factors are explored. Notions of civil society are also examined and how women are included (or not) in the theory.

Author: Michael Potter
2014
Commissioned by: CFNI, WRDA, NWCI

Looks at the key instruments, initiatives and activities related to UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, with particular focus on Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Author: C. O'Rouke and K. McMinn
2005
Commissioned by: TWN

Explores and highlights the difficulty that the notion of ‘Forgiveness’ poses in attempting to accept and resolve issues about historical events, such as those that occured during the Northern Ireland conflict. The report itself has been a result of a close working partnership between TWN, The Institute of Governance (QUB), The Forgiveness Project and various community, victim and voluntary groups across the Northern Ireland. 

Author: Michael Potter
2018
Commissioned by: Community Relations Council

This peace monitor report, the fifth in a series of monitors, highlights the challenges facing our peace and political processes in the honest and comprehensive way that is needed for all people who can influence for the better going forward. The challenges are significant, and overcoming them will be more exhausting still because they exist in a political vacuum.

Author: Ann Marie Gray et al
2014
Commissioned by: CFNI, WRDA, NWCI, Foundations for Peace

Offers local decision makers guidance on how best to incorporate the views of women into peacebuilding and the development of policy.

Author: Bronagh Hinds and Debbie Donelly
2017
Commissioned by: WRDA

The Women’s Resource and Development Agency carried out this research to give voice to women in North Belfast, by capturing their lived experiences and how they individually, their families, their communities, and in turn, their geographical and cultural relationships have been affected.

Author: Kellie O'Dowd
2018
Commissioned by: Community Relations Council

Discussion of the need for a shared vision as a means to unite a fractured society.

Author: Cathy Bollaert
2017
Commissioned by: WRDA

This paper is a summary report on the findings and recommendations of the Reclaiming the Bonfires project.

Author: Kellie O'Dowd
2016
Commissioned by: Community Relations Council

A booklet providing a useful overview of reports and programmes in this area.

Author: Claire Pierson and Katy Radford
Commissioned by: WCRP, WRDA

Explores women’s accounts of their own experiences of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Author: WRDA/ WCRP

2012
Commissioned by: WSN

Relays women’s experiences of community service placements in three women’s centres in Northern Ireland.

Author: WSN
2014
Commissioned by: NICVA

Sets out the findings of a 2013 NICVA member survey examinning issues affecting the sector including bureaucracy, charity registration and the introduction of automatic pension enrolment.

Author: NICVA
2016
Commissioned by: Centre for Democracy and Peace Building

explores the relationship between Brexit and Northern Ireland

Author: D. Phinnemore and L. McGeown
2011
Commissioned by: WSN

Presents the findings of a pilot Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis of two programmes within two different organisations, Ardoyne Women’s Group and Women’s Information Northern Ireland (formerly Women’s Information Group).

Author: WSN
2015
Commissioned by: WRDA

A series of demands on gender equality issues, directed at local descision makers. Issues covered include childcare, education, equality law and violence against women.

Author: WRDA
2018
Commissioned by: Department of Health, Department of Justce

A guide on the issue intended for employers. Includes a sample workplace policy.

Author: Dept of Health and Dept of Justice
2011
Commissioned by: WSN

Analyses the findings of a pilot Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis of three programmes in three Belfast women’s centres.

Author: WSN
2016
Commissioned by: TUC

considers how Brexit might potentially threaten working women’s rights.

Author: TUC
2016
Commissioned by: House of Lords European Union Committee

critically examines the different ways in which Brexit may potentially impact the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland adversely, proposing corrective action to help address same.

Author: House of Lords European Union Committee
2011
Commissioned by: Derry City Council

Seeks to provide all stakeholders with the purpose, direction and vision to take the NW women’s sector forward in a meaningful and co-ordinated fashion.

Author: Derry City Council
2011
Commissioned by: Derry City Council

Aims to create comptetitive, connected, creative and caring L'Derry for everyone.

Author: Derry City Council
2000
Commissioned by: WSN

Identifies the social and economic development activities and good practice in the work of eight women’s centres.

Author: Ruth Tallon/ WSN
2015
Commissioned by: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the University of York

Reviews evidence and data on housing and communities’ inequalities for groups associated with each of the section 75 equality grounds of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Author: A. Wallace
2017
Commissioned by: WSN

Report on women's opinions about Brexit. The report also looks at the possible gendered impacts of Brexit.

 

Author: Caroline Walsh
2018
Commissioned by: Queen's University Belfast

Analysis of a survey conducted by QUB into attitudes to Brexit in NI.

Author: John Garry et al
2009
Commissioned by: WSN

Explores sustainability in community based women’s sector, presenting toolkit on same.

Author: WSN
2013
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Asks whether money is a cause of fundamental differences in children’s outcomes.

Author: K. Cooper and K. Stewart
2015
Commissioned by: University of Ulster

Explores policy approaches to framing the issue of ‘peace walls’ and issues around the Executive’s ambition to remove all such interface barriers by 2023.

Author: J. Byrne, C. Gormley-Heenan and D. Morrow
2017
Commissioned by: WSN

A summary of the larger report 'Brexit: Women's Perspectives'. This summary looks at the major concerns women have regarding Brexit and lays out the WRC's recommendations for mitigation.

Author: Caroline Walsh
2011
Commissioned by: WSN

Summarises findings of SROI pilot projects on programmes in Belfast women’s centres and WINI.

Author: WSN
2014
Commissioned by: JRF

Explores research evidence on a wide range of social issues related to poverty.

Author: JRF
2015
Commissioned by: NICCY et al.

Critically evaluates recent government delivery on children’s rights.

Author: NICCY et al.
2016
Commissioned by: WRDA

Three themes emerged as key factors to ensure engagement of women from disadvantaged and rural areas in the Community Planning process.

Author: Women's Sector Lobbyist
2007
Commissioned by: ECNI & Equality Authority

Outlines strategies for equality bodies to enable lesbian, gay and bisexual people to secure their rights under equality law.

Author: J. Walsh et al
2013
Commissioned by: IPP

Explores the role public policy ‘should play in supporting progress on a living wage’.

 

Author: Lawton, K. and M. Pennycook
2015
Commissioned by: DSD

WRDA's response to DSD consultation "Charities (Accounts & Reports) Regulations 2015", October 2015

Author: WRDA
2016
Commissioned by: Centre for Democracy and Peace Building

explores the relationship between Brexit and Northern Ireland

Author: D. Phinnemore and L. McGeown
2012
Commissioned by: WRDA

Offers a brief history of women’s contribution to Belfast, with individual biographies of notable women.

Author: Margaret Ward
2017
Commissioned by: HM Government

sets out the United Kingdom government’s position on Brexit and Northern Ireland and Ireland

Author: HM Government
2016
Commissioned by: National Institute of Economic and Social Research

explores the potential impact of Brexit on low-income households

Author: A. Armstrong et al
2016
Commissioned by: European Parliament

explores the potential implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland

Author: J. Tonge
2017
Commissioned by: European Institute for Gender Equality

measures progress in gender equality across the European Union

Author: European Institute for Gender Equality
2019
Commissioned by: Women's Aid

Women’s Aid NI is committed to being the best we can be for children and young people – we believe they deserve the best. We want to provide a safe place for every child and young person who uses our services, a place where they can get support without stigma. We want to provide high quality services, informed by children and young people that effectively respond to and meet their needs. We want the experience of Women’s Aid NI to be positive, supportive and one they will remember for the rest of their lives. We are also committed to creating social change and to empowering and supporting everyone to play their role to make a difference for all children and young people, because our belief is that everyone can do something.

Author: WAFNI