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Women across the globe come together on Monday to forge a more equal world as they celebrate International Women’s Day. Linda Stewart looks at some of those in Northern Ireland who have been making waves

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Bronagh Waugh - must credit David Reiss

Bronagh Waugh - must credit David Reiss

Coronavirus - Wed Feb 24, 2021...Handout photo issued by Press Eye of (left to right) Health Minister Robin Swann, Patricia Donnelly, Head of the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme, and Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride during a Covid-19 update press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire 
NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....A

Coronavirus - Wed Feb 24, 2021...Handout photo issued by Press Eye of (left to right) Health Minister Robin Swann, Patricia Donnelly, Head of the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme, and Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride during a Covid-19 update press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....A

Hannah Peel

Hannah Peel

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Actress Bronagh Waugh (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Actress Bronagh Waugh (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong

Charlotte Dryden

Charlotte Dryden

Lisa McGee

Lisa McGee

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Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick

Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick

Nichola Mallon

Nichola Mallon

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Bronagh Waugh - must credit David Reiss

Dr Patricia Donnelly is head of the NI Covid-19 vaccination programme, the biggest vaccination programme in the history of our health service with over half a million of the population already vaccinated.

A clinical psychologist, she has also been director in a number of Trusts across a wide range of services and has been involved in a number of key projects with the Chief Medical Officer, such as chairing the HSC Clinical Ethics Forum and advising on Covid escalation plans.

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Coronavirus - Wed Feb 24, 2021...Handout photo issued by Press Eye of (left to right) Health Minister Robin Swann, Patricia Donnelly, Head of the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme, and Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride during a Covid-19 update press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire 
NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....A

Coronavirus - Wed Feb 24, 2021...Handout photo issued by Press Eye of (left to right) Health Minister Robin Swann, Patricia Donnelly, Head of the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme, and Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride during a Covid-19 update press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....A

Coronavirus - Wed Feb 24, 2021...Handout photo issued by Press Eye of (left to right) Health Minister Robin Swann, Patricia Donnelly, Head of the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme, and Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride during a Covid-19 update press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....A

Under Dr Donnelly, Northern Ireland is also the first part of the UK to have all care homes vaccinated to ensure that our most vulnerable are protected.


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