About NIWEP


Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform:

  • Provides women in Northern Ireland with a platform to make their voices heard on domestic, European and international social, economic, cultural and political affairs
  • Enables women to understand United NationsEuropean and domestic legislation, conventions and policies that focus or impact on women and to use them to advocate for equality
  • Consults with women in preparing recommendations for discussion with government and institutions at domestic, European and international level
  • Represents Northern Ireland women at European and international levels
  • Jointly represents the UK on the European Women’s Lobby with partners in England, Scotland and Wales, and works with sister organisations in Ireland and across Europe
  • Secures opportunities for women’s organisations to attend European and international events through its EWL and UN membership

 

 

NIWEP: Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform

At Home

  • Brings European and international expertise to domestic policy development
  • Supports women’s organisations and other partners with information, training and experience-exchange on equality and human rights for women
  • Responds to government and public consultation on local and national issues

 

Across Europe

  • Works with the European Women’s Lobby on equality in decision-making, women’s economic independence, violence against women, trafficking and other areas requiring action
  • Generates and contributes to European debates and collaborates with women from other Member States to create opportunities for change
  • Liaises with European institutions and the Northern Ireland Executive office in Brussels

 

Internationally

  • Represents the views from Northern Ireland to the UN Committee on the Status of Women (CSW)
  • Uses its UN Special Consultative status to enable women from Northern Ireland to engage and share experiences internationally
  • Promotes international treaties and conventions such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and UN Security Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security