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Membership

NIWEP is a membership organisation, and members are central to the NIWEP ethos. Members elect the Committee and are responsible for agreeing amendments to governance systems, including the Articles of Association. A key object of the charity is to provide a Forum for women to exchange views and create a collective voice.

Members are also the source of evidence NIWEP utilises to ensure the voice of women in Northern Ireland is heard at the national and international level, including at the UN. Established as the Northern Ireland link to the European Women’s Lobby, the EU’s expert body on women’s rights and gender equality, NIWEP was set up specifically to act as a conduit between members in the sector and national and international sister and umbrella organisations.

Capacity building is a key role for NIWEP locally, and members are in a central role both in terms of informing and engaging with capacity building programmes. In addition, NIWEP shares information from the UN, the European Women’s Lobby and other relevant organisations with local stakeholders to support their work.

Membership of NIWEP is free. 

Benefits of being a member

  • Access to training, information and expertise on international human rights treaties and gender equality mechanisms
  • Opportunities to share evidence and priorities with national and international networks and structures, including UN human rights treaty review mechanisms
  • Opportunities to engage with national and European networks
  • Quarterly e-newsletter highlighting learning and good practice from European and global networks and organisations, including the UN
  • An invitation to our AGM; full members also have voting rights.

 

NIWEP membership categories

Full Members

Any not-for-private profit organisation which principally represents or works for women within the Objects of the Charity or as part of a wider portfolio of concerns and activities is directly involved in promoting the advancement and rights of women and/or girls.

For incorporated organisations, the incorporated body itself is the member, with a nominated woman as its authorised representative. For unincorporated organisations, a woman holding an office in that organisation is the official member. Full members have the right to attend, speak, and vote at General Meetings of NIWEP.

Associate Members

Any organisation, incorporated or not, which supports the objects of NIWEP but does not meet the requirements for Full membership. Associate members have the right to attend and speak at General Meetings of NIWEP but are not entitled to vote or nominate candidates for election to the Board of Directors.

Individual Members

Any woman that supports the objects of NIWEP.

Individual members have the right to attend and speak at General Meetings of NIWEP but shall not be entitled to vote or nominate candidates for election to the Board of Directors.