Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

'She-Mail to put female perspective in focus

A south Belfast women’s group will target Stormont Ministers and MLAs with a new e-bulletin to highlight the effect of policy decisions on women in Northern Ireland.

‘She-Mail’ will be sent regularly to government officials to give the female perspective often unheard in wider debate.

The Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) launched the ‘Gender Focus’ initiative at Stormont with South Belfast MLA Anna Lo and fellow MLAs Dawn Purvis, and Martina Anderson.

It is hoped the resource will enable women’s organisations across Northern Ireland to address political representatives directly on the issues affecting women.

Lynn Carvill, who is responsible for developing the e-bulletin, said: “Although all policy decisions in the Assembly Committees and Plenary Sessions have an impact on women, many decisions affect women differently than men

“Gender Focus will highlight how decisions can specifically impact on women. I believe Gender Focus will bring a new perspective to the debates and decisions in the Assembly.”

The first bulletin addresses a variety of issues including the impact of the recession on women in NI, the impact of welfare reform proposals on women and the debate on funding for women’s organisations.

Margaret Ward, WRDA director, said: “Gender Focus will bridge the gap between the women’s sector and government. While it will assist MLAs to see the gender impacts of their work, it will also provide an important channel for the women’s sector to keep MLAs up to date. ”

More information about Gender Focus can be gained by contacting Lynn Carvill at the WRDA on 9023 0212, or by emailing lynn.carvill@wrda.net.

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