The historic Belfast/Good Friday Agreement was achieved 25 years ago. Women played a key part in achieving the deal, both as part of the negotiations and, often quietly, on the ground. That work in communities has continued throughout the 25 years, led by grassroots women peacebuilders. Much has changed. Much also still needs to be done.
Women’s Platform is committed to making women’s voices heard, and giving women and girls the tools to advocate for gender equality and human rights. Our work on A Women’s Vision for Northern Ireland highlights the priorities women have for the future, which are shared by women across the region. They include a genuine voice for women in communities, decision making and public life, services that meet women’s needs such as childcare and adult social care, and investment in education, housing and accessible, safe public spaces for all.
The Women’s Spaces project, which we lead in collaboration with Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network and Women’s Support Network also aims to give women a stronger voice in decision making, through capacity building, tools and advocacy.
We mark the anniversary as a historic milestone, and with a continuing focus on achieving a peaceful, sustainable and equal Northern Ireland for all.