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Led by the National Women’s Council (NWC), The Women’s Forum aims to address the under-representation of women and further develop women’s role in peacebuilding and civic society. Funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund, 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.

Paula McAliskey, Engagement Officer for Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network (NIRWN) is one of the 14 participants from Northern Ireland taking part in the Forum.  Paula is looking forward to collaborating with women from all over Ireland on the key issues that affect our everyday lives and ensuring that the role of rural women in Northern Ireland is represented within peacebuilding structures on our shared island.

Chair of the new forum, Emma DeSouza said Thursday’s inaugural meeting had been “incredibly inspiring” and that the 28 participants brought “ambition, creativity and a real appetite for historic and meaningful change” in advancing women’s rights and equality on an all-island basis.

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