NIRWN Rural Women's Round UP

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Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

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NIRWN along with Rural Community Network and Rural Action presented to the AERA committee at Stormont on the proposed UK Agriculture Bill.  The EU Withdrawal has huge implications for the future of our rural communities so we need to get the policy right.
NIRWN noted, amongst other issues that new policy design presented an opportunity to redress the historic under representation of women as beneficiaries of  successive NI Rural Development Programmes.

CSW64 – NEW YORK

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NIRWN with the support of DAERA; DfC and NIWEP was scheduled to attend the CSW64  Review of the Beijing Platform for Actions, #Bejing+25 in New York to represent the views of rural women and take back best practice learning. 
This event was cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

International Women’s Day

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NIRWN held their International Women’s Day event on the 4th March 2020 at the Glenavon House Hotel , Cookstown.  Focus for the day was “Rights In Sight”. 
There were a number of organisations and funders present to provide members with the opportunity to learn about and benefit from their work.
Louise Coyle, NIRWN outlined our work in the last year and the focus for the future.  Guest speakers were Elaine Crory,WRDA sharing the innovative ‘Raise Your Voice’ project and how members can participate and be part of the demand for change. 
Siobhán Harding, WSN NI shared with our members the findings of the Women’s Regional Consortium research and policy work and how rural women can inform this work. 
NIRWN launched our new women in leadership project, #SELFIE which is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and match-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland and The Executive Office in Northern Ireland.
Our keynote speaker Ann Carr focused on our theme for the day ‘Rights in Sight’.  She outlined why a Bill Of Rights NI is critical, why we need delivery of ALL strands of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and what we as women can do to demand better. 
We have waited too long, we can see our rights in  sight but we need delivery. 

Launch of SELFIE Programme

Two women holding a sign saying 'SELFIE'.
NIRWN are delighted to have opened our innovative Women In Leadership Programme: #SELFIE supported by the Mid-Ulster Council and through the SEUPB Peace IV Programme. Open now for registration for women in the Mid Ulster District by contacting NIRWN by email info@nirwn.org or telephone 02887753389.  All details and and Expression of Interest forms are available on the NIRWN website: www.nirwn.org
A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and match-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland and The Executive Office in Northern Ireland.