Research

Our growing body of research covers a range of areas and will be regularly added to in future.

October 2017 - Policy Prioritisation for Disadvantaged Women: Women’s Perspectives
This paper explores women’s perspectives on what policies the government should prioritise to address the persistent disadvantage of women in NI.
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December 2016 - Towards a New Common Chapter - Report of Workshop 
The purpose of this workshop was to bring those who have been participating in the Towards a New Common Chapter project together to consider the value of the initiative and whether there is interest in continuing it.
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October 2016 - Austerity and Women’s Mental Health: Women’s Perspectives
This brief paper explores the perspectives of a cohort of women, living and working in deprived and rural areas of Northern Ireland, on the question of the relationship between ongoing austerity, poverty and women’s mental health2 in the jurisdiction.
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November 2016 - Women at the Cutting Edge: The Impact of Spending Cuts on Women's Community & Voluntary Organisations in NI
The Women’s Resource and Development Agency carried out this research to document how far the cuts have threatened the women’s sector and the vital services provided by it.
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July 2016 - Women - Only Services and their Benefits
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.
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March 2016 - Women Speak Out on Community Planning
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April 2016 - Perceptions of Unmet Demand for Community-based Women’s Education and Training
Draws on research carried out during  2014 to identify gaps and unmet needs in education and training affecting women in disadvantaged and rural areas. Multiple engagement events were held with women to gather their views. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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April 2015 - Women's Perception of the Potential Impact of Proposed Welfare Reform
Captures a snapshot of the perceptions of disadvantaged women affected on the proposed introduction of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland, and the likely impact it will have on their everyday lives. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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December 2014 - Gender, Poverty, Austerity and Community-based Women Only Advice: Women's Perceptions
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. We carried out focus group engagement with women living and working in disadvantaged and rural areas, some of whom, as service providers, were directly involved in the delivery of advice to women. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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September 2014 - Community-Based Women’s Education/Training: Women’s Perceptions of Gaps in Provision
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. Multiple engagement events were held with women to gather their views. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more
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May 2014 - Women's Regional Consortium Launch Report
Summarises the current issues that matter most to local women based on the views gathered at our launch event in February 2014. Also includes an action plan, which we have been using to guide our ongoing work. Email Roise at FWIN to learn more.
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December 2013 - Report on Bright Start, the Northern Ireland Executive’s Programme for Affordable and Integrated Childcare: A Strategic Framework and Key First Actions
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. Includes a number of recommendations. Women were extensively engaged with so we could accurately reflect their views. Email Caroline at WSN to learn more.
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Please email us if you would like to learn more about our ongoing work in this area.