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9 December 2004
At a meeting in Trinity College Dublin marking the centenary of the admission of women to the College, Dr Yvonne Galligan spoke of the work of the Queen's Gender Initiative in advancing opportunities for women in Queen's University Belfast. The theme of the centenary anniversary meeting was 'Accessing Opportunities and Institutions: women in education, administration and policy-making'. Organised by Dr. Gemma Carney of the Department of Political Science, the meeting brought together a significant grouping of women from higher education and the public sector. A lively discussion followed a series of (relatively!) short presentations from invited speakers. Panellists also included Olive Braiden (Arts Council of Ireland), Una Nic Giolla Choille (policy-maker), Anne-Marie McGauran (policy analyst), Mary-Clare O'Sullivan (policy-maker), Penny Storey (administrator, TCD) and Evelyn Mahon (Sociology, TCD). Sponsored by the TCD Centenary Committee, it was one of the final events in a year-long celebration of women's one-hundred year contribution to Trinity College.

9 December 2004
CAWP, in conjunction with Queen's Armagh Campus, organised a conference entitled "Stuff the Turkey" at Armagh City Hotel. This conference was offered as part of the Empowering Women 2 Work project which is sponsored by Armagh Local Strategy Partnership. Over 100 women attended to listen to guest speakers and presenters who discussed some of the many perspectives on their own personal and professional lives and experience. The speakers were: Baroness May Blood, Community Campaigner,
Wendy Austin, Leading broadcaster in Northern Ireland and the UK, George Jones, Showband legend, National Television and Radio Presenter, Arlene Millar, Image Consultant and Colour Analyst, and Bronagh Conlon, The Real Irish Food Company. An informative and fund day was had by all!

November 2004
Congratulations to Monique Leyenaar on her new book entitled Political Empowerment of Women The Netherlands and Other Countries. This book explains the high level of current concern for the under-representation of women in politics. It explores the reasons behind recent favourable attitudes towards sharing political power with women in the Netherlands, and in other European countries. It identifies the many obstacles and strategies and it points out future expectations about the representation of women in Europe. Under which circumstances can political players be influenced to change institutions and procedures in favour of newcomers to politics. The current 'crisis of politics' opens a window of opportunity for changing the underlying male-biased structures. Further details >>>>

28 October 2004
Congratulations are also extended to our colleague Professor Jean Orr CBE, who is Head of Nursing and Midwifery in Queen's University Belfast. Jean received her CBE award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace earlier this month. Jean is a member of the CAWP Advisory Group. Press release >>>>

26 October 2004
CAWP extends its congratulations to Teresa Freixes, RCE President, on achieving the European Women of the Year Award.
This award recognizes women who defend the European Constitution's values, based on the respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, state of Right and respect of Human Rights as well as their compromise towards the European Constitution's objectives. Further details >>>>

21 October 2004
CAWP, along with the Chief Executives' Forum Women's Group, has again organized a half-day event in the Long Gallery Parliament Buildings, Stormont as part of the leadership programme currently underway for senior women in the public sector.
The general theme was the issue of being a woman in a public decision making role - how one handles adverse comment; representation in the media; being taken seriously, while having one's perspective also treated in a fair way; getting beyond the image (woman) to the message; and issues in general about being thrust into the public eye in controversial circumstances. The session was chaired by Dr Yvonne Galligan, and the panel of guest contributors included Eileen Bell MLA, Carmel Hanna MLA and Arlene Foster MLA. The aim of the event was to give a small group of senior women an insight into what it is like to be a woman with decision-making power and responsibility in situations where public attention is drawn to the office. Photographs >>>>

1 October 2004
CAWP's Next Generation leadership programme was launched by Brenda McLaughlin CBE, Pro Chancellor QUB, and Chair of Opportunity Now, in the Council Chambers, Lanyon Building. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Gregson said that the Next Generation programme was "a milestone for Queen's and for Northern Ireland".
Dr Yvonne Galligan CAWP Director, commented that "this exciting programme will encourage women ... in becoming Northern Ireland's decision makers in economic, social and political life". Press release >>>> Photographs >>>>

18 September 2004
CAWP manager, Maureen Drennan, gave a presentation on the formation and activities of CAWP in Udine, Italy, at a conference entitled Women Learning for an Active Life: Women, Politics and Active Citizenship. The transnational conference's aim was to present the outcomes of a four year project, funded by the European Commission through the Socrates-Grundtvig 1 Programme, and to bring together interested parties to stimulate comparative discussion on steps which have been taken to advance women in active participation in the four countries, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

14 July 2004
CAWP extends congratulations to our colleague, Dr Beverley Milton-Edwards, who has received a prestigious national teaching award worth £50,000 in recognition of her dedication to excellence in teaching and learning, from the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education, Alan Johnson, at a celebration dinner on 9 September 2004.
A Reader within the School of Politics and International Studies, Beverley has developed teaching modules and innovative methods that are now being applied, not just in Queen's University Belfast, but in other Universities in the UK and Australia. Well done, Beverley!

9 July 20049 July 2004
CAWP would like to congratulate The Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, who was today honoured by Queen's University Belfast when she was awarded an honorary LLD for services to the legal profession. Beverley McLachlin is the first woman to hold Canada's top legal post. The author of many publications, the Chief Justice holds a host of prestigious appointments and is Chair of the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She is a member of the Privy Council of Canada. She is also the International Advisory Board member of the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research at Queen's. Further details >>>>

19 June 2004
The NIWC held its annual conference in June 2004 and, despite the disastrous results from the Assembly Elections a few months before, the mood of the conference was positive and enthusiastic, with a forward-looking agenda which recognised past strengths, political agendas and future goals. Karen Ross, CAWP Visiting Professor, was in attendance and reports here. >>>>

16 June 2004
At a meeting of the European Council on 16th June, Europe's heads of state directed that a European Gender Institute should be established. Dr Yvonne Galligan, Director CAWP, had been involved, on an ongoing basis, in the discussions in Brussels on the formation of the European Gender Institute, so CAWP particularly welcome the news and look forward to this taking place.

15 June 2004
Results of the recent European and local elections in the UK and Ireland are now known after a prolonged counting of the ballots. Ireland now has one of the most gender-balanced, with five women out of thirteen MEPs. The UK has eighteen women MEPs out of seventy-eight, slightly lower than those elected in 1999. Northern Ireland finally elected its first woman MEP, Sinn Féin’s Bairbre de Brún. Further details >>>>
Updated data on women on Irish county councils and Irish city and borough councils have now been added to the Observatory.

14 May 2004
Maureen Drennan, CAWP Manager, met with Dr Liming Wang, Head of China Unit, International Office, QUB, and a delegation from Central University for Nationalities. The visitors were impressed by Queen’s, its staff and facilities. The discussions around CAWP and gender issues were very constructive and Dr Wang feels a good rapport has been established with the visitors as the result of the visit. He has said that this visit has laid a good foundation for further developing links with the CUN.

3 May 2004
Dr Amanda Sloat, CAWP Research Fellow, attended a Salzburg Seminar on "Strengthening Democracy and Governance: Women and Political Power." During the weeklong seminar 67 men and women from 40 countries discussed obstacles to women's political participation, shared best practice, and worked together to find solutions. Further information >>>>

29 April 2004
Dr Yvonne Galligan, Director CAWP, presented a lunchtime seminar entitled "Do voters in Northern Ireland want women to represent them?" at 12.30 on Thursday 29 April 2004 in Room 307, Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen's University Belfast. Fuller information may be found under Research Publications/Updates/Update26 in the ARK NI Social and Political Archive.

6 April 2004
Dr Yvonne Galligan, Director CAWP,
has been involved in ongoing discussions in Brussels on the formation of the European Gender Institute. The documents from the meeting on April 6 may be found at the following link.>>>> The interim report is Agenda item no. 8.

23 March 2004
The website on women and men in decision-making contains data and indicators and gives an insight in the diversion of women and men participating in the decision-making process and taking up leadership positions in European Institutions, the EU Member States, the EEA countries and the applicant countries.

21 February 2004
The Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association Women and Politics Group was co-hosted by CAWP and the Women and Politics Group. This one-day conference took place at the School of Politics and International Studies, Queen's University Belfast, 21 University Square on Saturday 21 February 2004. Further information >>>>

18 February 2004
Dr Yvonne Galligan presented a lunchtime seminar entitled "Women's Hour?" in NICVA, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast. The seminar reported on findings carried out by Dr Galligan and Lizanne Dowds, Director of ARK. The survey was funded by the Economic and Social Reserarch Council.

23 January 2004
CAWP, along with the Chief Executives' Forum Women's Group, organized a half-day event on 23 January 2003 in the Long Gallery Parliament Buildings, Stormont as part of the leadership programme currently underway for senior women in the public sector.
The general theme was the issue of being a woman in a public decision making role - how one handles adverse comment; representation in the media; being taken seriously, while having one's perspective also treated in a fair way; getting beyond the image (woman) to the message; and issues in general about being thrust into the public eye in controversial circumstances. The session was chaired by Dr Yvonne Galligan, and the panel of guest contributors included Baroness May Blood, Eileen Bell MLA, and Patricia Lewsley MLA. The aim of the event was to give a small group of potential Chief Executives an insight into what it is like to be a woman with decision-making power and responsibility in situations where public attention is drawn to the office.

22 January 2004
An important research publication "Women and Corporate Governance in Ireland" was launched by Michael Buckley, CEO of AIB, on Thursday 22 January 2004 in the National Museum, Kildare Street, Dublin. CAWP was contracted by the International Women's Forum-Ireland to study women and decision making in the corporate sector. While surveys of women on corporate boards are carried out annually in the US and the UK, this study is the first of its kind in Ireland. The report include results of benchmarking of the gender balance on Irish corporate boards and a survey of board chairmen and women directors on barriers to women's corporate progress and strategies for overcoming these. The research was conducted by Dr Yvonne Galligan, Director of CAWP. Report in pdf >>>>

15 January 2004
CAWP were delighted to welcome Visiting Fellow, Shannon O'Connell, for a lunchtime seminar entitled "Universal Challenges for Women as Candidates". Shannon is the Programme Director for the National Democratic Institute. The seminar was held at 12.30 pm on Thursday 15 January 2004 in Lecture Room 21.101, School of Politics and International Studies, 21 University Square. Lecture notes >>>>

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