Global Women’s Conference, Garter Lane Arts Centre – Tuesday 10 March

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Global Women’s Conference, Garter Lane Arts Centre Tuesday 10 March

Join local and global speakers, women activists, academics, policy makers and delegates #EachforEqual #IWD2020

Waterford Integration Services, Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre, Waterford Libraries, Waterford Cultural Quarter and Waterford City and County Council are coming together to host a Global Women’s Conference on Tuesday 10 March to coincide with International Women’s Day Events.

Sunday 8th March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality – #IWD2020 #EachforEqual.

Our focus at local level is on empowering women as key actors of Integration and Economic Development as a direct response to our commitment to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Waterford and the South-East.

We collaborate on issues affecting Migrant women and their families by highlighting inequalities and social exclusion, policy development and research, education, income poverty, women and health, politics and decision-making, combating racism and discrimination, women and human rights.

This Conference will attract local and global speakers, women activists, academics, policy makers and community delegates to participate in the important dialogue of Migrant Women and the SDGs.

The Conference will take place at Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, which is located in Waterford’s Cultural Quarter.
Lunch included.

FREE but Booking Essential at:

9:00am Registration & Mini Cultural Moment

9:30am Welcome Address by Mayor of the Metropolitan District Cllr. Breda Brennan

9:35am Keynote Speaker, Lelini Veerassamy CEO of International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

9:50am Tulowani Akaehomen

10:10am Osas Usideme, Intercultural Health Hub

10:20am Women as Ritual Makers

10:30am Sarah Franklyn, Coalition 2030

11:00am Water Break & Mini Cultural Moment

11:15am Her Excellency Dr. Uzoma Elizabeth Emenike, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

11:30am Panel Discussion and Questions from the delegates – Chaired by Margaret Ward, Journalist

12:30pm Mini Cultural Moment –Group Energy Work – Nicola Kent

12:50pm Obianuju Eckedoze, Chair Waterford Migrant Forum

1:00pm Networking Light Lunch

2:00pm Mini Cultural performance

2:20pm Carine Mambou, Storyteller

2:30pm Round Table discussion Main challenges faced by women in Waterford

3:30pm Feedback from discussion

3:45pm Final Questions, evaluation form completion and conference closure Closes at 4:00pm


Side Events

• Launch of Shakti Programme Intercultural Quilt – Social Enterprise Programme for women.

• Example of Rangoli (South Indian art form, in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground traditionally using materials such coloured rice or flour etc.). This ritual for luck, health & happiness is performed specifically by women.

• Red Sand Project – participatory community art to highlight victims of human trafficking that fall through the cracks in our global system.


Information Stands

• Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre

• South East Business Innovation Centre

• Access I.T

• Waterford Social Enterprise Network

• Work Matters – Supports for Business & Employment at your Library

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