Working with professional artist Eimear O’Cailte and amateur young artist Jassmyn Cairns, the young women’s groups designed a tree of their vision of a shared future.

The Young Women undertook ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders and unaccredited Level 1 and 2 Peace and Reconciliation, unaccredited UNSCR 1325, in addition to Politics for Youth community dialogue programme (a Women into Politics course).

The local partners also delivered cross community networking events, intergenerational events, and a personal development programme.

At the final event, the women came together for a conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Special guests and speakers included

  • Kelly Andrews, vice-chair of TWN, delivered the welcome and chaired the evening
  • Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE, chair of TWN and former politician, led a dialogue with local politicians, including Dolores Kelly MLA, Joanne Bunting MLA, Cllr Karen Douglas, Cllr Mairéad O'Donnell
  • Catherine Ferrin, Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid, performed a one-woman sketch on the effects of domestic violence
  • Jemma McGrath, Make Up Your Life, delivered an inspirational speech on overcoming obstacles and creating a positive future

Towards a shared future 2017 event