Introducing The Next Chapter …
… a new project targeting women to develop their ideas, build communities and support the transition out of conflict. The Next Chapter aims to improve the representation of women in public and political life and contribute to a more gender-sensitive society in Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland.
Why do we need it? It is widely accepted that there has been insufficient representation of women in peace negotiations and in engagement in community reconciliation. However, in order to create a lasting legacy we need to make sure that women’s voices are heard. Peace is something more than the absence of violence – it’s a vision for a shared, diverse society where all lives are respected and valued.
Who are the partners and funders? The project will be delivered in partnership by Politics Plus, Irish Rural Link and Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), and is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Next Chapter will contribute to SEUPB’s overarching programme output of regional level projects that result in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities.
When is it happening? The Next Chapter is a two-year project. Plans are currently underway.
Where is it taking place? The project will take place right across Northern Ireland and the border regions of the Republic of Ireland.
How can you get involved? The Next Chapter will include the creation of a network of people working together to support peace and reconciliation, mobilising social change in their own communities and nurturing aspirations on a shared future. 10 Chapters will be set up engaging 300 people, with 200 participants completing a Capacity Development training programme. Each Chapter will be demographically representative and inclusive of participants from all communities.
To register your interest visit www.thenextchapter.eu.
For further information please contact Project Co-ordinator Sarah Malone at [email protected]