Celebrating 20 years in Waterford!

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 International Women's Day celebrated with a week long programme of events

This year the Centre celebrates the  20th anniversary of its establishment in 1995. As part of the birthday celebrations and in celebrating Women's Day, we hosted a numbers of events throughout the week.  Eleanor Murphy presented a talk on the forgotten role Waterford Women played in the first World  War and Ann Fitzgerald spoke about three influential women with Waterford links at an event in St. Patrick's Gateway Centre on Tuesday evening. 

A week-long  exhibition 'Pioneering Waterford Women' was launched by historian Andrew Kelly in Waterford City Library, History Room on Wednesday 11th March.  This exhibition is the product of collaboration between Ann Fitzgerald, Chairwoman of the Women's Centre and Andrew Kelly. It  highlights women from all backgrounds who have had a significant impact on Waterford society and who deserve recognition for their work and achievements.

 On Thursday morning the 12th March the planned 'Women's Walk' did not take place due to the inclement weather, however a good crowd gathered in the Women's Centre to hear about many women like Annie Brophy, Anna Manahan, Mary Strangman and many more influential women who helped pave the way for women today.  It was an opportunity to acknowledge and credit the work of women, often written out or forgotten in history.

There was a birthday cake with 20 candles blown out by some of the founder members. The Women's Centre would like to acknowledge programme funding from the Department of Social Protection, the Waterford /Wexford Education & Training Board and the HSE which supports the provision of  Health & Wellbeing and Women Exploring Options courses.    

This years events placed a strong emphasis on recognising women's contribution in Waterford in the past and has resulted in the Women's Centre beginning a 'pink plaque' campaign.  This campaign aims to  increase women's recognition in Waterford and draws attendtion to  the number of civic trust blue plaques dedicated to women as at present there are only 3.   It is hoped to nominate a women for a plaque in the near future and to have at least one blue plaque dedicated to women or a woman in time for 2016 International Women’s  Day.  There is a cost involved in securing a blue plaque so we will be looking for financial support for this project.