30 October 2008 Edition

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Ógra Shinn Féin gender equality forum

Cúige Uladh Ógra Shinn Féin organised the first of a scheduled series of Gender Equality Forums this past weekend, in the Felon’s Club in Belfast. Young Republicans from across Ulster gathered to discuss the role of women in the struggle over the years, and discuss the importance of gender balance issues within Sinn Féin.
Guest speakers Eibhlín Glenholmes, head of Sinn Féin’s Gender Equality Department, and former Republican prisoner Bridie McMahon, provided a vibrant and interesting account of gender balance issues and republican politics.
Cúige Uladh Ógra Gender Equality Officer, Gemma McKenna commented:
“This weekend’s forum provided an opportunity for activists to gather to discuss the important issues surrounding Gender Equality in our party. Many activists were attending their first event of this kind and it was worthwhile for everyone. This event is the foundation for several future forums in the months ahead. We want to create a forum for all republican activists to debate gender equality issues, to get training, to develop skills and build on the good work already being done by Sinn Féin on Gender Equality.”

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