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Six delegates attend Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

'Women are the ultimate victims of violence but they are also the ultimate sources of change.' - Judy Cheng Hopkins, UN Assistant Secretary General

As an Organisation in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council since 2012 (United Nations), TWN successfully approached OFMDFM with the idea of the Gender Equality Unit sponsoring six grassroots women delegates to attend the Summit in order to bring back learning to Northern Ireland. 

Read more: Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict



£1000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Paula Heath, a great friend of TWN

TWN is delighted to announce that £1,000 were raised for Macmillan Cancer Support at our Extending Positive Relations Awards Gala held at Ramada Plaza Hotel on 27 March 2014 in memory of Paula Heath, a very courageous woman who passed away on 6th December 2012 after 6 years of battling cancer.

Presenting the cheque on behalf of TWN is Paula's daughter Laoise Kielty (11) who selected Macmillan as the receiving charity as the Macmillan nurses were so kind and good to her mum. Presenting with Laoise are her two sisters Naoimh (not pictured) and Eimear O'Caoilte, who is also a member of TWN staff. Paula was a highly sought after caterer and received many compliments for her delicious catering for TWN over the years.

Representing Macmillan is Claire Brown, New Business Manager: 'It was a pleasure to meet the team at TWN, and receive their fantastic donation in memory of their colleague and friend Paula. The generosity of all who attended the Awards Gala has been astounding and I thank them as well as thanking Paula's daughters and family for choosing Macmillan as their nominated charity." Claire continued, "We receive no government support therefore this donation is particularly welcomed and will make a difference to people and their families across Northern Ireland."

Read more: £1000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support



TWN Annual Report 2012-13

TWN is proud to release our 2012-2013 Annual Report. Below are some of the thoughts shared by our board chair and CEO on TWN's work.

Mary Hogg, Board Chair:

"TWN has endeavoured to ensure that women have been recognised for the contribution they have made to the work of community development and peace building, and I feel deeply saddened as a woman that inclusivity is only available when it suits for political purposes."

Norma Shearer, CEO:

"I will always look back on 2012-13 as a year of campaigning and lobbying for the women's sector, especially in the areas of education, training and development ..."

"... Let us hope that the PEACE IV Programme does not forget that women are 51% of the population and without their input and full participation it will be difficult to see how we will have a lasting and meaningful peace. Whilst everyone appreciates the need for accountability and value for money, bureaucracy must be controlled and funding accessible to keep alive the dream of peace and a shared society for all."


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