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WPG NI Response to Health Committee Call for Evidence: Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill November 2021

The NI Women’s Policy Group support and welcome the introduction of safe access zones in Northern Ireland. The introduction of these zones through this Bill are necessary in order to fully implement CEDAW’s recommendation to: “protect women from harassment from anti-abortion protestors by investigating complaints, prosecuting and punishing perpetrators”. The adoption of such provisions is […]

Feminist Recovery Plan Engagement Update

Since it was first published in July 2020, the WPG Feminist Recovery Plan has served as a highly effective lobbying tool and a comprehensive, representative evidence base for the Women’s Policy Group and the women’s sector more generally. Since it was relaunched in July 2021, the Plan has proven to be a living, evolving and […]

Campaign Update – Keep the Lifeline

Siobhán continues to work with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and a coalition of other organisations on the Keep the Lifeline campaign to keep the pressure on Westminster Government to reinstate the £20/week increase to Universal Credit at the Spending Review this week. In the run up to the cut on 6th October Siobhán presented to […]

Campaign Update – Cliff Edge Coalition

Siobhán continues to work with the Cliff Edge Coalition on their Working Group to take forward and lobby for the extension and strengthening of the mitigations package in Northern Ireland.  The Coalition is continuing to campaign to Close the Loopholes in the Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cap. As part of the Cliff Edge working group […]

November Funding Opportunities

November 2021 Scheme Funder Note Date CRC Community Relations/Cultural Diversity Grant Community Relations Council   1st Nov 2021 Asda Foundation: Bringing Communities Back Together ASDA Foundation Application deadline 1 Nov 2021 Monnaboy Community Benefit Fund Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Application deadline 1pm on 1 Nov 2021 Dunmore Community Benefit Fund Community Foundation for Northern […]

Universal Credit Cut Turns the Lights Out

Press Release                        Embargo: 00:01am 6th October 2021   Universal Credit Cut Turns the Lights Out   Today sees the biggest ever overnight cut to the social security system with a £20/week cut to Universal Credit.  To mark the impact of this cut on local families the lights on Belfast City Hall will be turned […]

Rayna Downey (Women’s Centre Derry) Speaks at Universal Credit Rally

Speaking at a rally held here at the Guildhall Square in Derry on Saturday regarding cutting the Universal Credit Uplift was an eye-opening experience, hearing first hand these women’s stories about how detrimental this going to be to their mental health and lives was stomach churning. In September 2020 the women’s regional consortium contributed to call […]