Cllr Micheal Carrigy; Louise Lovett, CEO Longford Women's Link; Minister Heather Humphreys; Barbara Heslin, Director of Services Longford Co Council; Paddy Mahon, CE Longford Co Council.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys launched Longford Women’s Link’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022 at Willow Traders this evening.
The Minister paid tribute to the “great work” that the organisation did in the community and pointed to the importance of diversity and inclusion in all walks of life.
“I am very impressed with the quality and ambition of this plan,” she added.
“Longford Women’s Link is an organisation that sets its sights high and is clearly embedded in the community.
“It is also an organisation that sees itself as a broader global movement.”
Meanwhile, at the heart of the new Plan is a focus on crisis and practical support; economic and social choice and opportunity; leadership, networking and influence as well as governance and sustainability.
“This plan aims to build on the success of the last 22 years by continuing to work in collaboration locally, regionally and nationally to highlight the perspective of rural women and the access and inclusion barriers that they face as stark differences continue to develop between urban and rural living in Ireland,” said Louise Lovett, CEO Longford Women’s Link.
“It is important to celebrate our achievements but equally the achievements of women that we work with, and to hold their stories.
“It is also important to highlight our contribution to the local economy because we now directly employ in excess of 110 people, so the vast majority of our annual income of €22m goes back into the local economies.”
Minister Humphreys then concluded proceedings by reiterating a very apt quote from former first lady of the US, Hillary Clinton.
“There has never been a more important woman than the woman who stands up and says, not just for herself, but for everybody else, we want diversity and inclusion in everything we do in our country”.
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