Ten projects are taking place across NI & Border Counties as part an EU-funded project supporting women to address local issues
Each Chapter is developing their own unique Community Project based on local need and input by Chapter members. Themes reflect the areas of peace & reconciliation, good relations and the position of women in public and political life.
“Women in each of the Chapters have spent time discussing what’s important to them and they have chosen to develop projects that aim to address local issues within their communities,” explained Next Chapter Project Manager Mirjam Bader. “By working together using grassroots approaches, Chapter members will further develop their community development skills and strengthen their relationships, as well as networks within their local community.”
Read more about five of the individual Chapter Community Projects below
Cavan Chapter – Promoting inclusion and social integration. Read more here
Newry Chapter –‘Inspiring Women’ events, including ‘An Audience with Bronagh Hinds’. Read more here
Monaghan Chapter – Connecting through Conversation. Read more here
Louth Chapter – Looking towards positive social change. Read more here
Co Donegal Chapter – Delivering ‘Empowering Women in Donegal’ focus groups. Read more here
The Next Chapter is funded by the Special EU Programmes Body through the EU’s PEACE IV Programme. Match-funding for The Next Chapter project is provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
On 24 October 2017 Politics Plus in partnership with Irish Rural Link and NICVA announced their success in securing almost €1.5million for The Next Chapter project, which is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The Next Chapter is a new project targeting women to develop their ideas, build communities and support the transition out of conflict. The Next Chapter aims to improve the representation of women in public and political life and contribute to a more gender-sensitive society in Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland.
The project will be delivered in partnership by Politics Plus, Irish Rural Link and Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), and is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Next Chapter will contribute to SEUPB’s overarching programme output of regional level projects that result in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities. Match funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland and the Executive Office in Northern Ireland.
The Next Chapter will include the creation of a network of people working together to support peace and reconciliation, mobilising social change in their own communities and nurturing aspirations on a shared future. Find out more about this exciting project and register your interest to take part on www.thenextchapter.eu