Waterford Women’s Centre, celebrating 25 years, since 1995, working with women and children in Waterford, presents the annual International Women’s Day Festival 2020. The festival hosts a number of free events beginning with an International Circle Dance workshop, led by Kate Crotty and festival launch on Tuesday 3rd March in Waterford Institute of Technology, College Street Campus, Dance Studio from 9.15 – 11.15
On Wednesday 4th March a Civic Trust Blue Plaque will be unveiled to the Daly Family at 11am in Arundel Lane where Mai, Debbie and their mother, Margaret Daly provided what was commonly known as a ‘Poor Man’s Café’. Their clientele were the homeless men of the city, the out-of-work dockers and other marginalised members of society. For a few pence these men were not only fed, but were welcomed and given respite from walking the streets on cold winter days. In the early 1970s, when the sisters Mai and Debbie faced eviction, the community of Waterford City came out in mass to prevent a great social injustice being carried out and were hugely instrumental in preventing the eviction of these two selfless women from their home and business at number 5 Arundel Lane Waterford.
On Thursday 5th March the launch of the annual Women’s History Exhibition will take place in the Central Library, Waterford city at 11am to raise awareness of women’s contribution. The exhibition represents years of collaboration between Andrew Kelly, Kilmacthomas and Women’s Centre’s History Group Chairwoman, Ann Fitzgerald. This year’s exhibition also celebrates 25 years of the Waterford Women’s Centre along with; the Daly Family, the Cockle Women, Rosemond Jacob, Dr Mary Strangman and photos from the ‘Women at Work Collection’ which was exhibited for the first time in 2019. Included in the Exhibition are beautiful handmade bonnets, by women from the Women’s Centre ‘Bonnet Project’ facilitated by Liz Heffernan. The bonnet exhibition is part of the larger ‘Roses from the Heart’ exhibition remembering Waterford women who were transported to Tasmania between 1788 & 1853. The exhibition will remain in the Library until the 27th March.
On Sunday 8th March International Women’s Day the ‘Well Girl’ walk will take place on the Greenway to raise funds for the Women’s Centre. Starting at 11am from the WIT arena Greenway entrance and walking to Mount Congreve and back. Registration is €10 for adults (children are free) available on line, through our facebook page; Waterford Women’s Centre NCCWN or at the event on the day. Sponsorship cards are also available from the Women’s Centre.
Thanks to all who support this festival: Waterford Civic Trust, Waterford Council, Creative Ireland, Waterford, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford Central Library and Waterford Wexford Education & Training Board.
Approximately 100 people attended ‘Learning from the Legacy of Loss’ Information & Awareness Event on Thursday 5th December 2019 from 11am to 1.00pm in Carrickphierish Library, Carrickphierish Road, Gracedieu, Waterford City. This event was hosted by the Waterford Local Area Network Opposing Violence Against Women and highlighted the impact of domestic violence (delete – ‘has’ …’and’) as well as identifying supports and services available in Waterford. Opening the event Claire Coughlan, Manager Oasis House Women’s Refuge welcomed everyone and introduced the organisers of the event, the Waterford Local Area Network (LAN) as a network of statutory, community and voluntary groups that provide services to those experiencing domestic abuse. The LAN aims to raise awareness and improve communication between service providers, enable access to services and address issues that place barriers to women and childrens safety. The event was supported by Tusla Child & Family Agency and the LAN member organisations. Guest speakers at the event included Priscilla Grainger, the founder of the Stop Domestic Violence in Ireland (SDVI) group, which is campaigning for domestic violence to be made a criminal offence. The event also heard some moving personal stories and accounts from local survivors of domestic abuse. Audio clips of interviews with women and children were played in which they spoke about some of their own harrowing experiences. Artwork with written and embroidered pieces from women survivors were also on display at the event. The updated ‘Enough Is Enough’ booklet was launched by Anne Scully, Manager, Waterford Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. This booklet was produced by the Waterford Local Area Network and funded by Waterford Court Services and Waterford City and County Council. Musician, Ria Hymas, Dungarvan, facilitated uplifting group singing throughout the event.