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IWD 2013

Thursday 21 February 7.15pm    Programme launch and talk by:

Dr Olwen Purdue and Brenda Collins

An illustrated talk on the role of women at the time 1912 – 1914, including those in domestic service and those who worked in the linen mills of Belfast.  Belfast City Hall

Tuesday 26 February 7.15pm     Talk by: Dr Myrtle Hill and Dr Margaret Ward

An illustrated talk on the campaign for women’s suffrage, which challenged both unionist and nationalist politicians as women fought for their right to citizenship, filling the Grand Opera House and the Ulster Hall with supporters, controversially attacking male property and serving prison sentences in Crumlin Road Jail.  Belfast City Hall

Tuesday 5 March 2013 10 am to 1.30 pm Ulster Hall (Upstairs)

Illustrated talk by Myrtle Hill and Margaret Ward

Round table discussion chaired by Fionola Meredith

Unionism, nationalism and women’s fight for the vote: understanding different views through discussion and debate.

Friday 8 March International Women’s Day Rally     

This annual International Women’s Day rally will leave from the Art College at 12.00 and march through the city streets with singers, dancers and colourful banners.  This year the theme of Commemoration and Celebration will see some women dressed as suffragettes.  Everyone is welcome on this rally which leads to a big welcome from the Lord Mayor at the City Hall and a reception for women’s groups in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Celebrating Belfast women – HERitage tours!

The HERitage Bus Tour celebrates the valuable and diverse contribution that women have made to the city of Belfast.  You will hear about the ‘millies’ and the struggles of the women in the linen mills and weaving factories during the time of Belfast’s ‘Linenopolis’; the women imprisoned in Crumlin Road jail because of their fight for women’s right to vote; educational pioneers; anti-slavery campaigns; trade union and political activists; singers; writers; community workers and much more.  As the tour moves through the streets, we will bring to life the rich historical HERitage of women’s contribution to political and community life.  Each participant will receive an information-packed tour booklet ‘Celebrating Belfast Women’, produced by the Women’s resource and development Agency and funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund.

The tour will last approx 2 hours and places must be booked in advance.  The tours will run on 9, 15, 18 and 28 March 2013. 

For further details please contact: Helen at WOMEN’S TEC on 028 9074 9810

Thursday 14 March 7.15pm

A dramatic rehearsed reading based on local archive material on the suffragette movement in Northern Ireland, entitled ‘Shrieking Sisters’. 

Written by Maggie Cronin and Carol Moore, performed by Maggie Cronin, Laura Hughes and Carol Moore.

In the early hours of August 1st 1914 a group of suffragettes, lead by Mrs Lilian Metge attempted to blow up Lisburn Cathedral.  What made a respectable middle class supporter of women's rights resort to active militancy?

Using a mix of new writing, original source and related material, Shrieking Sisters envisages characters and events around the Ulster Suffrage Movement between 1912 and 1914 and their struggle for votes for women.  Belfast City Hall

 Wednesday 20 March 7.15pm

A rehearsed reading of the local play ‘Lay up your Ends’ written by Martin Lynch and directed by Carol Moore.

Lay Up Your Ends is a play rooted in the history, culture and politics of the Belfast. Set in 1911 and centred on the famous Mill Girls’ strike of that time, the play evokes a Belfast at the peak of its geographical and industrial growth. The strike was fuelled by such harsh conditions as a six-day week; deafening levels of machine noise; working barefoot and ankle-deep in water and unrealistic rules – no talking, singing, or going to the toilet without permission. The immediate cause however was the reduction of working hours and therefore a reduction in wages. The play follows the lives of five women from York Street mill during the strike and how they were eventually forced through a lack of strike funds to return to work. Unionisation though shortly followed.  Belfast City Hall

Free tickets are available for all City Hall events from the Belfast Welcome Centre.  Phone 9024 6609 or call into the Welcome Centre at 47 Donegall Place, Belfast.

Friday 8TH March – Rally from Art College, BELFAST at 12pm to the City Hall for 1pm.

8th March Ulster Hall

10am - 12pm:  Writing from the Past

Using archive  material,  create a piece of work about  one of the amazing  women who helped  to shape Belfast.  Facilitated by local writer, Emily  Dedakis.

10am – 12 pm: Photography in Response

Explore the issues raised  by our  International  Women’s Day photography exhibition  by local artist Joanne Mullin – themed on the spaces  contemporary women inhabit – and  respond by taking your own photos.

1pm - 2pm: Soul Ambition  Sofa Session

Tracy  Dempsey presents a bite-sized slice of the best in female-driven music, art and the spoken word.  You do not need a ticket  or to book  in advance of this event.

2.30pm – 3.30pm: African Song and Drum Workshop hosted by Beyond Skin

Join  Donna,  a musician, teacher  and mother from Uganda, as she  takes you  to Africa  through music, song and storytelling... educational, therapeutic  and great fun! Suitable for both musicians and non-musicians.

N Ireland Institute of Directors (IoD): Women’s Leadership Conference

Location: Ramada Plaza Hotel, Belfast

Date:08 March 2013

Time:08:45 - 15:30

 Conference 2013 theme: Transforming Leadership

 The conference is organised by the Institute of Directors NI Division and the Chief Executive’s Forum ( representing leaders in the public sector) and is sponsored by Vodafone NI.

How do you transform the leadership within organisations in the private, public and third sectors? And how do you transform your own leadership behaviour and style to effect change in your organisation? The conference range of speakers will address these issues and also give their views on the poor representation of women at boardroom level.

The Conference will be chaired by Nuala McKeever

Cost: IoD Member price £65.00:  Non-member price £85.00

For further information, or to book a place, visit:

or contact Organiser,  Lorraine Corry: 028 9068 3224

Forthcoming events for International Women’s Week  at NO ALIBIS BOOKSTORE: Readings, book launches and poetry readings.  Go to 83 BOTANIC AVENUE, BELFAST BT7 1JL and have a browse.  Contact  for up-coming events.