NWC All-Island Women's Forum

Led by the National Women’s Council (NWC), the All-Island Women’s Forum aims to address underrepresentation of women and further develop women’s role in peacebuilding and civic society. The Women’s Forum will also support building sustainable North South links, provide a space for marginalised communities, and build better understanding and inter-community links. 

The objective of the Women’s Forum is to provide a space for women on an all-island basis for cross border cooperation and dialogue.

The Forum represents a contribution by the National Women’s Council to the Irish Government’s Shared Island initiative in the Department of an Taoiseach, by enhancing civil society links and supporting engagement by women, across communities and traditions on the island, on issues of common concern.

The Forum successfully applied for a grant through the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Reconciliation Fund, and have been successful in additional funding to continue this work into the second term of the forum through the Reconciliation Fund Annual Grand 2022/2023.

Forum Chairperson: Margaret Martin, NWC Chairperson

Forum Facilitator: Ciara McHugh (contact ciaram@nwci.ie)

Forum Administrator: Jane Finn (contact janef@nwci.ie)

Areas of Work: 

Women's Representation: Examining the development of an all-island approach to increasing women's representation in peace builidng and reconciliation, political and civic life. 

We examine the barriers to women's participation and leadership in line with UN resolution 1325, UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, and UN General Assembly Resolution 66/130. 

This work explores women's participation in civic life, public boards and bodies and makes recommendations to advance all island civic engagement in decision making including the introduction of gender quotas.  

North / South Relations: Working with other All-Island Organisations to develop the practicalities of all-island work. This work explores areas of commonality and identify actions that can be taken to harmonise response on an all-island basis and highlight issues that disproportionately effect women. This work also identifies opportunities for incorporating an east-west dimension. 

Forum Members:

  • Nicole Parkinson Kelly, Chairperson, NI Youth Forum
  • Tara Grace Connolly, Youth Activist / Previous UN Youth Delegate                 
  • Danielle Roberts, Senior Policy Development Officer, Here NI
  • Megan McDermott, Project Support Officer, Centre for Cross Border Studies
  • Kimberly Robertson, Vice-chair, East Belfast GAA
  • Eileen Chan Hu, Founder and Executive Director of CRAICNI
  • Kendall Bousquet, Migrant Centre NI     
  • Joanna McMinn, Community Development and Feminist Activist
  • Jane Morrice, Director Integrated Education Fund, Hon President European Movement NI, founding member NI Women’s Coalition             
  • Avila Kilmurray, Migration and Peacebuilding Executive at The Social Change Initiative, Author and Founding Member of NI Women’s Coalition
  • Alexandra Brennan, Northern Ireland Women’s Budget Group   
  • Eileen Weir, Community Activist             
  • Paula McAliskey, Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network        
  • Elaine Crory, Women’s Resource and Development Agency
  • Emma De Souza, Writer and Campaigner 
  • Nuala Toman, Head of Policy, Communications, Information and Advocacy at Disability Action NI
  • Sarah Mason, CEO of Women’s Aid Federation NI             
  • Jonna Monaghan, Project Co-ordinator, Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform          
  • Beth O’Reilly, President of Union of Students Ireland
  • Síona Cahill, Campaigner and Radio Contributor, one of Irish Examiner’s ‘100 women changing Ireland in 2021’          
  • Collette O’Regan, Senior Training and Advocacy Co-ordinator, LGBT Ireland 
  • Dr Mary Murphy, Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration, University College Cork Amina Moustafa, Women’s Leadership Programme Manager, Glencree Peace Centre       
  • Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times                          
  • Dr Salome Mbugua, Head of Operations & Strategy, AkiDwa         
  • Dr Jennifer Okeke, Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator, Immigrant Council of Ireland                           
  • Ethel Buckley, Deputy General Secretary, Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU)
  • Tara Farrell, CEO, Longford Women’s Link                          
  • Aoife Price, Disabled Women Ireland (DWI)        
  • Miriam Holt, National Co-ordinator, Women’s Collective Ireland              
  • Lydia Gratis, President of the European Union for Deaf Youth (EUDY), Anti-racism Educator & Activist, Black Wellness Content Creator, Deaf Youth Advocate.   
  • Ailbhe Smyth, Academic, Feminist and LGBTQ Activist      
  • Louise Lovett,     
  • Denise Charlton, CEO, The Community Foundation of Ireland

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