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 in Garter Lane Arts Centre from 9am to 4pm to coincide with International Women’s Day Events.
On the day delegates can join local and global speakers, women activists, academics, policy makers and community leaders. The conference will invite all speakers and delegates to participate in the important dialogue of Migrant Women and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Anne Nolan from Waterford Integration Services explains: “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 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 as well as women and human rights.”
Speakers will include Lelini Veerassamy CEO of International Organisation for Migration, Osas Usideme, Intercultural Health Hub, Sarah Franklyn, Coalition 2030, Tulowani Akaehomen, Businesswoman and Author, Margaret Ward, journalist, Obianuju Eckedoze, Chair of the Waterford Migrant Forum, Marie Taylor, Limerick Institute of Technology and Her Excellency Dr. Uzoma Elizabeth Emenike, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Mayor of the Waterford Metropolitan District Cllr. Breda Brennan will open the conference.
The day will also include mini cultural moments including storytelling by Carine Mambou, Rangoli, a south Indian art form, in which patterns are created for luck, health and happiness, Red Sand Project – participatory community art to highlight victims of human trafficking that fall through the cracks in our global system.
There will also be information stands from Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre, South East Business Innovation Centre, Access I.T., Waterford Social Enterprise Network and Work Matters – Supports for Business & Employment at your Library.
Sunday 8 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.
The Conference will take place at Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, which is located in Waterford’s Cultural Quarter. Tickets are free but booking is essential via eventbrite – search for ‘Global Women’s Conference’ or contact Central Library on 0761 10 2975 for more information.