Today Women’s Platform launched A Women’s Vision for Northern Ireland, the culmination of over a year of work with grassroots women and girls across Northern Ireland. The Vision highlights the key values and priority areas for action that women feel would create a Northern Ireland that works for women, and is intended to push forward discussion on how women can meaningfully be included and heard in decision making at all levels.
This project was designed to give women and girls in Northern Ireland a space to explore their ideas and priorities for a region that genuinely supports women and girls. It started out as a way to mark the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and developed as a mechanism for women to express their priorities. Over 80 women and girls from across Northern Ireland took part in the project and the Vision is dedicated to them all.
The same key themes came up across groups, and show that there are key shared priorities for women across Northern Ireland. The Vision highlights values of equality, inclusivity, diversity and accountability, and priorities for action include a stronger voice for women, a society centred around care, inclusive and accessible services, and respect for all.
The Vision is available below, along with a project report. There are also two podcasts that reflect on the project, its findings and how this work can be taken forward. The podcasts include comments from project participants as well, and will be shared widely as one way to showcase the priorities of women and girls in Northern Ireland.