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Reclaim the Agenda chose the theme of ‘Women Reclaim the 1916 Agenda’ to highlight and make visible those women who were living in 1916 and who were active in the women's movement, trades unions, social movements, republican movement, and unionist movement.

These women played their parts in the fight for Suffrage, the 1916 Easter Rising, the Battle of the Somme, the fight for Workers Rights and opposition to World War One. Our programme of events while highlighting the inequalities still faced by women celebrates the diversity and bravery of women who through these events challenge racism, sexism, gender stereotyping, sectarianism, and homophobia. We are very proud of this programme of events and believe that this is the true spirit of 1916.


Workshops running throughout February & March Fridays in March 10.30–12.30pm Falls Women’s Centre Alliance for Choice: Am I Pro-choice? 19 March Workshop and discussion, Women’s Information Network Women reclaim the 1916 agenda – two workshops Please phone 028 9032 7672 for more details and to book your place

NUS-USI Women’s Conference 16 February | 9.30–3.30pm | Free Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast This event is open to all self-defining women students. Booking required Women’s Information N.I. present Voices For Change Conference 25 February | 10.30- 2pm | Free Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown Three keynote speakers, one panel session, and four workshops. Booking required

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Migrant Workers Support Unit @ICTU and Nandi Project present

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf Wednesday 2 March | 6.30 – 9pm | Free Lawrence Street Workshops For colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf is a film adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s most acclaimed theatre piece. It consists of a series of poetic monologues which tell the stories of seven women who have suffered oppression in a racist and sexist society. Followed by a panel discussion with Black and Minority Ethnic women activists.

Bus Trip to ‘Revolution 1916’ exhibition, Dublin 27 February | £15 Falls Women’s Centre The Revolution 1916 exhibition is marking the centenary year of the revolution in Ireland. Looking at women’s roles in revolution.

Migrant Workers Support Unit, Unison, B&MW Group and Migrant Centre NI present Belonging 1 - 11 March Free lunch on 10 March 10-12.30pm Unison, York St. Belonging is a remarkable multimedia project that showcases the individual stories of migrants in NI through personal stories.

Reclaim the Agenda present Socialist Opposition to the War 1 - 10 March Red Barn Gallery, BT1 1QB Exhibition of Photographs. Prof. Mary Davis will speak about the exhibition on Thursday 10 March at 7pm. Reclaim the Agenda presents Women and the 1st World War 2 March | 12.30-2pm | Free Ulster Hall Carol Walker discusses how the work of the suffragettes and the contribution by women to the war made it apparent that a change in the laws concerning elections was needed. Light lunch provided Reclaim the Agenda presents When History was Made: the Women of 1916. 3 March | 12.30-2pm | Free Ulster Hall Ruth Taillon recounts the role of the 200 female rebels who took part in virtually every aspect of the insurrection, and who shared in the sorrows and deprivations which followed.

Light lunch provided ICTU Women’s Conference 3 March | 11am / 4 March | 1pm Bloomfield Hotel, Mullingar ICTU’s national Women’s Conference bringing 200 trade union delegation together to debate policy on issues such as austerity, family friendly policies, affordable childcare. Guest speakers include Dr Margaret Ward and Dr Mary Muldowney. Free for union delegates

Women Seen and Heard 4 March | 12–2pm | Free Cromac Regeneration Initiative 169 Donegall Pass BT7 1DT This free two hour seminar will look at initiatives such as Women on Air and NvTv’s Reclaim the Agenda. programme.

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Reclaim the Agenda presents

IWD Rally 5 March | 12.30–2.30pm | Free Writers Square, Belfast Come and celebrate International Women’s Day in style, you can dress as a suffragette, or your favourite female role model or come as yourself and enjoy the atmosphere of this great annual rally.

at Bryant and May`s factory in Bow, East London. Light lunch provided

Women’s Heritage bus tour 4/5 March | 10-12noon | Free Belfast City The Women’s Heritage bus tour of Belfast is all about the women who helped to build and shape Belfast into the City it is today. Booking required Striking a Light 4 March | 12.30-2pm | Free Ulster Hall Lecture and Book Launch. Louise Raw`s latest book tells the story of a group of women in the labour movement in 1888 - the match girls

Young Women & Peacebuilding event with MLAs meeting young women from NI NIWEP, Youth Action & All Party Group on Peace and Security Reclaim the Agenda presents Women, Work and Welfare 7 March | 12.30-2pm | Free Ulster Hall The cooperative crusades of Margaret Mc Coubrey, 1880 -1956, by Myrtle Hill. Light lunch provided

Reclaim the Agenda presents Big Screen Event 5 March | On the hour City Hall Images of 2015 IWD events on the big screen at the City Hall. Young Women & Peacebuilding 7 March | 11-1pm | Free Long Gallery Stormont

Reclaim the Agenda presents City Hall & Stormont Lights 8 March City Hall and Stormont House Lighting up of City Hall and Stormont in IWD colours Beyond Skin 8 March | 12 noon | Free SERC Lisburn Understanding Diversity through the World Of Music Arts & Dance programme (SERC Students only)

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Alternative Ms Ulster 5 March | 7-10pm | Free Great Hall, Stormont The lack of women in public life remains a great concern to us all so ahead of the May elections, Alternative Ms Ulster will be taking over Stormont!

Women’s Work Festival 4 - 8 March Check websites for times Various Venues Women’s Work will celebrate great female talent with a series of gigs and showcase events across five days in March. The Festival will kick off on Friday 4th March with an appearance from DJ pioneer Annie Nightingale.

Socialist Opposition to WW1 8 March | 12.30-2pm | Free Ulster Hall Socialist Opposition to WW1 and the role of women – Prof. Mary Davis. Light lunch provided Library Archive Workshop 8 March | 1pm | Free Linen Hall Library This workshop uses archives to explore issues around suffrage, gender and democracy, with a practical guide to demonstrate how online resources can be used. Booking required 028 9087 2219

The Village - A photography Exhibition 8 March | 6-8pm | Free Windsor Women’s Centre This exhibition uses photography and storytelling to explore the memories of women living in the Village area of South Belfast. Women learned to work in different mediums to record their stories. Supported by Belfast Exposed and Mindwise.

Take the Boat 8 March | 6.30pm | Free Queen’s Film Theatre A film by Camille Hamet and Séréna Robin with the voice of Catherine Deneuve Supported by Amnesty International.

Beyond Skin 8 March | 7.30pm | Free Corrymeela, Ballycastle Understanding Diversity through the World Of Music Arts & Dance programme. International Women’s Day Around the World 9 March | 10.30-12.30pm | Free Falls Women’s Centre Share stories and hear how IWD is celebrated in other countries. Refreshments provided. Call 028 9032 7672 for bookings Foyle Women’s Information Network present North West Launch of the Women’s Manifesto 9 March | 12.30-2pm | Free Holywell Building, Bishop St, Derry North West Launch of the Women’s Manifesto. Lunch provided


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All About My Mother 9 March | 6.20pm | £4 Queen’s Film Theatre All About My Mother: screening + Herstory of Cinema + showing short film Chains narrated by Liam Neeson.

Health and Wellbeing Evening 10 March | 7–9pm | Free 2nd Floor LGBT Centre 9-13 Waring St. Here NI are hosting an evening of relaxation, meditation and stress management using essential oils.

Communist Party of Ireland present Marxism and Feminism today 9 March | 7pm | Free Red Barn Gallery Prof. Mary Davis will talk about Marxism and Feminism today.

Rural Women’s Manifesto 10 March | 10-1pm Glenavon House Hotel Launch of the Women’s Manifesto and round table discussions on NIRWN’s Rural Women’s Manifesto. Speaker Dr Margaret Ward. Screening of the acclaimed movie Suffragette. Réabhlóid – Margaret Skinnider 10 March | 11-12noon An Droichead 20 Cooke St, Belfast An Droichead are having a special screening of Réabhlóid – Margaret Skinnider, a woman of Calibre.

The Sins of My Mother 11 March | 11-1pm | Free Falls Women’s Centre The Sins of My Mother. Talk by author, Marie Therese Rogers, detailing her experiences in Nazareth Lodge in the 1950s-60s. For booking

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Bring & Share 11 March | 11.30-1pm | Free Windsor Women’s Centre Bring & share International food & stories fair.

Here NI Health & Wellness Day 12 March, 1-5pm, Free 2nd Floor LGBT Centre 9-13 Waring St. Health & Wellness Day for lesbian & bisexual women and their families.

awareness of human trafficking.

WOMEN’STEC Gala Awards 15 March, 10-1pm Belfast City Hall WOMEN’STEC Gala Awards, presentations and speeches

Word Of Mouth 11 March | 1–2pm | Free Linen Hall Library Paula Meehan, Irish Chair of Poetry, will read in the Linen Hall Library. Word Of Mouth Women’s Poetry Collective DÊjà vu-vu 12 March, 8.30 - late, £5 Middle Floor, Pavillion Bar, Ormeau Road DÊjà vu-vu Women’s Disco LGBT Community

The Annual Rosemary Nelson Event No Ordinary Women 15 March, 6.30pm, Free Conway Mill Speakers will present on Rosemary Nelson, Eileen Hickey, Winifred Carney, Inez McCormick, Kate Nash and Janet Donnelly. Modern Slavery in Northern Ireland: Really? 15 March | 6.30 – 8.30pm | Free Long Gallery, Stormont Speakers from Women’s Aid, PSNI, Lord Morrow author of the Bill on Human Trafficking, and organisations in Northern Ireland who work to raise

Commemorating 77 Women’s Quilt 18 March | 12.30 open 7.30pm discussion | Free Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Belfast Commemorating 77 Women’s Quilt with The Yarn School - opening of exhibition by Margaret Ward and Marja Almquist and evening panel discussion on the Gender Equality Agenda during and after revolutions.

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Women Reclaim the 1916 Agenda is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations and with over 50 events from panel discussions, workshops, dancing, singing, poetry, lectures and exhibitions we have an event for everyone. We are delighted that following a motion Reclaim the Agenda put through Belfast City Council in 2011 we are getting a stained glass window in the City Hall that is dedicated to the contribution that women made in building the city of Belfast. We acknowledge fully the importance of equality and we continue to work collectively to create the change that needs to happen for every citizen to be treated equally and fairly in our society and we continue to campaign on our key themes. RECLAIM THE AGENDA is a collective of womens sector representatives, students, grassroots feminist activists, trade union activists and interested individuals who campaign on six key themes. To live a life free from poverty To live free from discrimination To have healthcare services that meet our particular needs To live our lives free from domestic violence and abuse To live in a society where women are equally represented as decision makers To have access to good affordable and flexible childcare provision


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