Clare Bailey of the South Belfast Green Party has organised the first ‘Alternative Ms Ulster’ event which aims to highlight the barriers to full participation in public life faced by women in Northern Ireland. It will take place on International Women’s Day (Saturday 8th March) in Parliament Buildings.
She said: “A key principal of the Good Friday Agreement is equality for all people. But when we look at the statistics, it is clear that the number of women in public life is not increasing. In fact in some areas it is decreasing. Our Government is failing women and failing in its duty to promote equality for women”
The Great Hall at Stormont has a grand marble staircase that has been the backdrop for many historic photo opportunities hosting dignitaries from around the world. The Alternative Ms Ulster evening will involve women from all backgrounds will walk down the same flight of stairs and make a statement about what they would like to see happen in the future of Northern Ireland. They will highlight changes that would benefit the lives, welfare and opportunities of women right across the country.
Clare Bailey of the Green Party said “This event is both an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of many great women here and also draw attention to the huge amount of work still to be done for gender equality.”
Clare is seeking women who are willing to actively engage in this event, to take to the staircase and speak for themselves. The brief address from the podium can be done by an individual or a group representing their organisation, an area of interest or activity…and creativity is very much encouraged. The organisers want as many women as possible to take to this staircase and speak for themselves.
The event will be compered by Nuala McKeever and hosted by Steven Agnew MLA, Leader of the Green Party NI. Support has also been provided by the women’s collective Reclaim the Agenda. A range of Public Bodies & civil society organisations will also be represented at the event and will host information stalls to highlight the work they are doing to address gender imbalance within their sectors.
There will be a wine reception and an opportunity to network with other guests.
Places are limited at the event and women will be given preference. If you would like to discuss taking part or want to confirm attendance, email Clare Bailey at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07543 296 40207543 296 402 or 028 9145 9110028 9145 9110 (office hours)