August 2006 Newsletter

Women’s Under-Representation on Public Bodies

Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform has recently received two requests from the Department of Environment and Department of Employment and Learning to promote the vacant positions of Governors of Further Education Colleges and the Historic Buildings Council.


  1. Chairman of the Historic Buildings Council, DOE – An information pack including the application forms can be downloaded from www.doeni.gov.uk/epd
  2. Governors of Further Education Colleges – www.delni.gov.uk or e-mail joyce.montgomery@delni.gov.uk for further information.

The recommendations highlighted in the publication ‘No Place for a Woman’ should be applied to public appointments if they wish to increase the participation of women. ‘No Place for a Woman’ is available on the website www.niwep.org.uk

Government Publications

The OFMDFM has published a document – The Disability Discrimination (NI) Order: Consultation on Private Clubs, Premises, Functions of Public Authorities and Questions Procedure. The document can be accessed through


Calling all the Heroes

Do you know a group of volunteers who make a different in your community and who devote their time to helping others? The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is given to groups of two or more volunteers for outstanding achievement. You can download a nomination form and find out come information from the website at www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk and the deadline in 30 September.

Child Protection and New Technology

New Technology is extremely popular with children and young people – internet services, mobile phones and file sharing have increased communication abilities for children and young people. While clearly important in opening up new and exciting opportunities for information sharing, these forms of technology also raise child protection and safety issues. Volunteer Development Agency is holding a one day seminar to raise awareness of the links between new technology and safety of children on Friday 20 October 2006. Information can be found on www.volunteering-ni.org

Why Women? Campaign and Report

The Why Women? campaign is speaking up for women’s organisations, who do great work for women and society as a whole, but are under threat from lack of funding. We are calling on the government to put gender back on the agenda by:

  • acknowledging the systematic disadvantage women face because of their gender, and
  • publicly recognising the essential services and expertise the women’s sector provides to address this.

Information on this campaign can be found on http://www.niwep.org.uk/id4.html

The why women? is based on information from in-depth interviews with 44 women’s organisations. The research describes the issues and problems that women’s organisations work with, the range of services and activities they deliver to address these issues, the impact of their services and funding barriers threatening their sustainability.

why women? Executive Summary (word 388kb)
why women? Executive Summary (pdf 138kb)
why women? Full Report (word 4647kb)
why women? Full Report (pdf 1252kb)

European News


At the European Women’s Lobby Board of Administration meeting in May 2006 the EWL officially launched its “Who Cares?” campaign. This campaign focuses on the provision of affordable, accessible and high quality care services for all dependants, available to all women and men whatever their financial situation.

As part of the Care Campaign, EWL developed a Position Paper on Care,  which covers a range of issues related to care that need to be addressed in order to fully tackle this issue in European societies view a view to realising gender equality, including: 1) Gender stereotypes and care; 2) the Economics of care: provision of affordable care services; 3) Quality work and quality care services: care and the labour market; and 4) The case of domestic migrant care workers; and European Union policies and care.

During the EWL Care Campaign an e-petition was launched on the EWL website. The petition is available for signing until International Women’s Day (8th March) 2007 at http://www.womenlobby.org/site/form_3.asp

International News

A position paper on the UN reform prepared by Litha Musyimi-Ogana
Advisor: Gender, Parliamentary Affairs & Civil Society Organisations (CSO), South Africa can be found on http://www.niwep.org.uk/id4.html