The Women's Centre goes National

The Women's Centre goes National

 The Women's Centre goes National

The Waterford Women's Centre is delighted to announce the launch regionally of the National Collective of Community Based Women's Networks (NCCWN). 
The Women's Centre is now part of a seventeen strong collective of women's networks based all over the country. Southeast regional representative Ann Fitzgerald, who is also the chairwoman of the Women's Centre, said 'This is a wonderful opportunity for local community women's groups to build a strong local, regional and national voice for disadvantaged women.  This is the first time that ordinary women have had a national organisation that is truly representative of grassroots women's projects; from Waterford to Wexford & Dublin to Donegal'.
Ann goes on to say 'Women are not treated equally and we are under-represented in every public space, i.e. political life, policy and decision-making arenas, etc. We therefore see this development as a great opportunity to ensure that the voices of women who have been excluded will now be heard in national policy arenas'.
Miriam Holt Coordinator of the NCCWN, based in the Waterford Women's Centre said  'In becoming a Women’s NationalDevelopment Company the NCCWN has enabled women's projects toform a collective through which they can be democratically represented at a regional and national level'.  
The Women's Centre is launching the NCCWN to mark International Women's Day 2013, in conjunction with Access 2000 Wexford. Access Wexford and the Women's Centre began as one inter county women's project in 1995 and Breda Murphy coordinator of the women's centre said 'The development of the regional Women's Collective is a welcome opportunity for the two projects to work together again after a gap of almost thirteen years.' Ms. Murphy said 'In supporting the development of the region's the NCCWN is making it possible for women experiencing disadvantage to represent themselves and their own issues rather that always having someone else speak for them.  International Women Day is a time to reflect on the gains made for women and we see this as a tremendous gain in 2012.'
The national office of the NCCWN is located in Waterford, in the Women's Centre at 74, Manor Street.