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Ellen O'Malley Dunlop,

Ellen O'Malley Dunlop

Ellen is Adjunct Professor to the School of Law at the University of Limerick. She was the CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for 10 years between 2006-2016. Previously she worked as a Psychotherapist for 24 years and was the first female President of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. She is currently a member of the Board of Gaisce, The President’s Award, and is Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Legal Aid Board. For 22 years she has been Director of the Annual Bard Summer School Clare Island, Co. Mayo.

Sarah Benson, 
Deputy Chairperson

Sarah Benson

Sarah is the CEO of Ruhama, the NGO working nationally with women affected by prostitution including victims of sex trafficking providing a broad holistic range of services, including exiting supports, on a free, confidential non-judgmental basis. Previously Sarah managed the National Domestic Violence Helpline with Women's Aid. She has extensive experience of work in the community and voluntary sector both in Ireland and abroad. Sarah is currently also the Chairperson of CAP International, an international network of frontline organisations working in the field of prostitution/human trafficking.

Ethel Buckley, Co-opted Member

Ethel Buckley

Ethel was elected Deputy General Secretary of Ireland's largest trade union in 2017.  As SIPTU Deputy General Secretary for Organising and Membership Development she is responsible for the union's organising, campaigning, education and learning, communications, equality and a network of District Councils. She has led high profile campaigns such as the Justice for Clerys Workers Campaign and Fair Play campaign for union recognition for the Republic of Ireland's international women's football team. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. 

Dr Marion Dyer, Co-opted Member 

Catríona Graham

Olwen Dawe

Catríona is Policy and Campaigns Officer with the European Women's Lobby where she works on women's sexuality, health, wellbeing and rights, including leading campaigning efforts on combatting commercial sexual exploitation. She also works to promote intersectional values, including promoting migrant women's rights and girls' rights. Catríona is an active musician and formerly sat on the Board of Co-Orch Dublin. She has worked at the Immigrant Council of Ireland and the Children's Rights Alliance and volunteered with Ruhama and for repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Vivienne Glanville

Vivienne Glanville

Vivienne has over 16 years experience working in the area of women's human rights in the community sector in a voluntary and professional capacity. Vivienne is passionate about community initiatives which support the development of women and women's engagement in civil society. She is an NCCWN (National Collective of Community Based Women's Networks) local Coordinator in Ronanstown, Clondalkin.

Sinead Keane

Sinead has a decade's experience in the fields of communications, fundraising and social justice. Having worked with non-profit organisations like Amnesty International Ireland and Women's Aid, she is now Communications Manager at BelonG To Youth Services. She has extensive experience in the community and voluntary sector including Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, Gay Switchboard Ireland, Foroige, and a sex work outreach project with Chrysalis, Dublin. Sinead has a BA in Communications Studies from Dublin City University, and is currently undertaking a M.Sc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at University College Cork.

Louise Lovett

Louise Lovett

Louise Lovett is the CEO of Longford Women’s Link (LWL), a substantial rural women’s NGO that advocates on the issues that impact women and their families. Louise was recognised for her work by being awarded the Image Magazine Social Entrepreneur Business Woman of the Year 2017. Prior to working in the community and voluntary sector, Louise gained extensive management and strategic planning experience working in the corporate sector for over 27 years. Louise is Chairperson of Longford County Childcare Committee (LCCC), a member of the Longford LCDC, the Midlands Regional Joint Consultative Housing Forum (MRJHCF), the Longford Westmeath Children & Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) and of Longford County Council’s Socio Economic Strategic Policy Committee.

Rosaleen McDonagh

Rosaleen McDonagh

Rosaleen is a long time human rights activist particularly on issues affecting Travellers, Roma, women and people with disabilities. Rosaleen has built her feminist analysis and career from her subjective experiences as a Traveller woman and a woman with a disability. She has worked in Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre for ten years where she jointly managed the Violence against Women programme. She is a playwright and a regular contributor to The Irish Times writing from the perspective of a Traveller feminist. She is currently a PhD candidate in Northumbria University.

Ashimedua Okonkwo

Ashimedua Okonkwo

Ashimedua has been a solicitor in Ireland for five years and a New York State Attorney at Law for seven years.

Ashimedua is passionate about gender equality and is the Chairperson of a migrant organisation that has operated in Ireland for 17 years.

Nuala Ryan

Nuala Ryan

Nuala, a dedicated feminist and a long-standing member of NWCI, represented the Irish Federation of University Women for ten years. She has a special interest in European affairs and has been the Irish representative on the European Network of Women (ENOW) and the board of the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels. Currently, she is Chairperson of a Prison Visiting Committee. Nuala’s work reflects her concerns regarding women’s social exclusion and her commitment to the importance of education.

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