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National Women's Council or Ireland Millennium Project: women mapping the New Millennium: executive summary
National Women's Council of Ireland
Since January 1999, the Millennium Project Team has been working on behalf of the National Women's Council of Ireland on a national research, analysis and action study - Women Mopping the New Millennium. The project represents for NWA the largest financial investment ever in ascertaining women's views on priority issues (almost £400,000 of private & state funds). It has led to the six individual reports on Health, Local Development, Violence, Work, Education and Poverty, plus this Executive Summary. The Millennium Project also, just as importantly, has contributed to the building of the capacity of Irish women activists and their groups by upskilling 118 women as facilitators in participatory learning and research skills and data collection. Thus, when the Project finished, it left behind a legacy of skills which can be used and built upon by women in their own local community. The investment has led to the support of women activists and women's activism: it represents a firm contribution from NWCI to the sustainability of the women's sector. The Millennium Project has supported women involved in the training and research to identify actions which they/their group might carry out to effect social change for women in Ireland. Thus the Project has essentially modelled a way of working with women for social change, which seeks to empower and amplify the voices of women, while also supporting women to develop data gathering and analytical skills which make their findings, in policy terms, relevant at local. regional and national policy-making levels. It has therefore truly been an action project - 492 women participated in the research - action in the data gathering, action in the reporting of findings, action in the activity the project generated at local level. The challenge now for NWCI is to ensure that the findings make their way into national policy arenas and fora . Already, NWO has found ways to integrate the voices of the Millennium Project women into policy NWO documents - the Out of Sight (women and poverty) publication, 2000, benefited hugely and was greatly informed by Millennium Project findings. To find ways to continue this integration and creation of space for women's authentic voices is the challenge for the whole women's movement, including the NWO.
Keyword(s): WOMEN; IRELAND
Publication Date:
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): National Women's Council or Ireland (NWCI)
First Indexed: 2014-04-02 06:19:43 Last Updated: 2017-04-26 07:47:34