NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network are inviting you to participant in the ‘SORT Our Smears’ CAMPAIGN, a community ‘art in activism’ project by visual artist Barbara O’Meara in collaboration with Karen Ward of Moon Mna Women’s Celtic Circles supported by the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Network’s (NCCWN)
The project is in response to the ongoing ‘Cervical Check’ Smear Test Scandal which broke last year. This ongoing scandal is affecting thousands of women across Ireland, threatening women’s health and wellbeing, and already resulted in the loss of 22 women’s lives in Ireland.
This month it was reported there remains a backlog of 80,000 tests and delays of up to 33 weeks for a result. This situation is unacceptable and action is required from the government to address this situation now.
The ’Sort Our Smears’ Campaign was launched on 8th March for International Women’s Day and grassroot community workshops are currently being run to give women the opportunity through the use of art to express how you feel about the ongoing cervical smear test scandal which is impacting women’s healthcare in Ireland.
The project aim is to bring all the pieces created by women from across Ireland together to be put on Exhibition Nationally in Autumn 2019.
NCCWN Donegal are pleased to be a part of this project and will be running a number of art activism sessions in Donegal for women to participant in to express how they feel about the ‘Cervical Check’ Smear Test Scandal.
Confirmed dates include
8th May, Donegal Women’s Network, 6 Tír Chonaill Street Donegal Town; 10am-12.30pm,
9th May, Central Library Letterkenny, St Oliver Plunkett Road, 10.30am-1pm
27th May, Greencastle Community Centre, 12.00-2.30pm
Should you be a group interested in participating in a session please get in contact with us to discuss if we can facilitate one in your area too!
Places are limited so please sign up by filling in our online form here, we can also be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 074 9722790
To find out more about the campaign ‘Sort Our Smears’ Campaign please see here.
For information for people concerned about Cervical Check please visit the HSE information page which can be found here.
In 2019 of the 37 County Councillors in Donegal only 3 are women, that’s a 8.1% representation, the highest it’s ever been. At the national political level two women since 1918 have ever represented Donegal in Dáil Éireann. We need change.
This year’s International Women’s Day Theme is ‘Balance for Better’, it is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. While also asking people how will you help make a difference?
In honour of this day NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network in association with 50:50 North West invite you to come Celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 with us on Thursday 7th March in Donegal central library, Letterkenny 10am-1pm.
We’ll be discussing equal representation, chatting to female County Councillors and to women who will be running in the upcoming May Local Elections. We’ll also be joined by Historian Dr Angela Byrne who will be talking about the first woman in Donegal to be Elected as a councillor.
This will be an interactive and informative event, refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.
For more information you can contact NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network on email@example.com or by phone on 074 9722790
Do you have an area of expertise and would be interested in facilitating workshops/sessions to women’s community groups/organisations in Donegal?
NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network are compiling a resource list of potential facilitators for the women’s and community sector in Donegal.
There is no guarantee of work but you will be considered for potential facilitating opportunities within the Network and your expertise details will be made available to our network should they be looking for facilitators.
If you would like to be on this list please fill out our online form here.