Emer Maguire (Development Worker), Grace Kearney (Coordinator), Barbara Nolan, Noel Egan and Elaine Mulvaney at the Dean Egan Library in Ballymahon. Photos: Shelley Corcoran.
On March 8, Bridgeways Family Resource Centre based in Ballymahon hosted a very successful event to mark International Women’s Day.
This event was planned and organised by the Women’s Group in Bridgeways FRC and was supported by the staff.
There was a range of services provided including information stands, beauty and hair services, tarot card readings, an art exhibition and local inspirational women speakers.
The speakers Grace Kearney (Project Co-ordinator), Andrea Maher (Bridgeways Women’s Group), Kathleen Dowd (Longford Women’s Link), Helen O’Gorman (LWETB Tourism Course) and Valerie Masters (Local Poet) gave a fabulous overview of the issues affecting women in rural Ireland.
There was an emphasis on the importance of “Belonging” to something in order to build confidence and capacity and how education can play a key role in empowering women to become active agents in their own lives.
It was hoped that empowerment may lead to an increase of women at decision making tables and local politics.
Lus na Gréine, Longford Women’s Link & LCRL brought their Women’s Groups to attend the celebration in the newly refurbished Dean Egan Library.
There were approximately 250 people in attendance; the atmosphere was full of positivity, hope and empowerment.
The event was an example of how collective action can bring about social change, in particular surrounding the issue of gender equality.