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 email@example.com 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.
The NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network warmly invites you to attend their WEAR (Women’s Equality Awareness Raising) seminar, an event which is part of a wider project that the Network has been delivering this year. This seminar will be held in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on 28th September 2017 from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. everyone welcome.
In 2017 it remains a reality that globally women and girls can often face gender-based discrimination which increases their risk of experiencing poverty, violence, poor health and a lack of an education. While research also shows us there is a link between development, poverty eradication and women’s equality.
To create awareness to this issue and support women’s equality NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network, developed The WEAR project, with the funding support of the educational development awareness, EU Ladder Project.
Since April the WEAR project held a 5-week workshop series in Letterkenny, working with women from across Donegal, where participants looked at topics on poverty, health, education, gender based violence and decision-making, through interactive activities and group discussions.
Working with young people is critical if we are to influence change and embed gender equality as a core value within our society.
Through the WEAR project over 80 Transition Year Students from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Moville Community College participated in a ‘Gender Equality and Development’ awareness workshop. As both schools have Global Development incorporated into their curriculum the students who participated in WEAR now have a better understanding of gender equality to inform their reflective learning and development.
Educational Development is about increasing awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing, inter-dependent and unequal world in which we live. The WEAR project has afforded the participants to learn about the structures and systems that impact on their lives and the connections of these to those in developing countries. While providing the opportunity for people to engage in analysis and reflection; recognising local action can assist and sustain global development to help to create a just and more equal world.
The WEAR seminar will share and reflect on the projects learning and look at the ways as a community we can help advance women’s equality locally and globally.
President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins is not behind the door when he states that he is a feminist. Neither was his two predecessors President, Mary McAleese and President, Mary Robinson.
The San Diego State University chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), has a flier entitled – “You Might Be A Feminist If…” , that includes the following attributes that allow men and women to see what it means, essentially, to be a feminist:
- you are a woman or man that believes in ending sexism.
- you believe in equal pay for equal work.
- you support choice and reproductive freedom.
- you believe that women should not fear for their safety at night.
- you believe that rape victims should be treated with respect, not suspicion.
- you believe that women should not be defined by their bodies.
- you want to see more female representation in elected office.
- you know that equal rights are not “special rights”.
- you believe that no opportunity should be closed to a woman because of her gender, race, class, or sexuality.
- you believe that religion is not an excuse for sexism.
- you want your daughter, mother, friend, sister, girlfriend, or wife to be safe from violence.
- you believe in speaking up and taking action to end sexism.
- you believe that women, women’s work, and women’s opinions matter.
Feminism means all of these things. If you agree with all or many of these statements, you might just be a feminist! Many people who read this list, and previously had not considered themselves to be feminists, reconsider their position.
Finola Brennan, Co-ordinator NCCWN – DWN shares her thoughts on feminism –
“Feminism means very many different things to very many different people.
For me, feminism is the belief that all people should be treated equally in legal, economic, social and political arenas – regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and other similar predominant identifying traits.
Feminism includes the idea that a person’s gender does not define who they are or what they are worth and that being a woman [or indeed, a man] should not put a person at an overall, and especially -institutionalized disadvantage.
Sometimes calling oneself a feminist comes with a plethora of stigmas including that one is a bra burning, man-hating militant, and of course – a lesbian!
Nearly all who would consider themselves under the feminist umbrella would agree that the core of feminism revolves around a fundamental belief in equality.”
The editorial group of the National Collective of Community-based Women’s Networks – Donegal Women’s Network (NCCWN- DWN) would be interested in hearing your point of view.