Mr Mitchel McLaughlin MLA,
Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, invites you to:
Assembly Women’s Week

Encouraging women's participation and representation
Monday 7th March – Friday 11th March 2016

To encourage women's participation and representation in public life and to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly would like to invite you to the inaugural ‘Assembly Women’s Week’, a series of events held in Parliament Buildings.

Facing the Challenge Leading the Way

6.30pm, Monday 7th March, Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings

'Facing the Challenge Leading the Way' brought together three women who have played leading roles in some of the most challenging areas of recent Northern Ireland society and politics to discuss their experiences, female leadership, the obstacles women face and how they overcame them.
Listen to the panel discussion, hosted by UTV's Deputy Political Editor, Tracey Magee below:


Tracey Magee

Tracey Magee (host)

Deputy Political Editor, UTV

Eileen Evason CBE

Eileen Evason CBE

Emeritus Professor in Social Administration at Ulster University and author of numerous publications relating to poverty, social security and gender

Judith Gillespie CBE

Judith Gillespie CBE

Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland between June 2009 and March 2014

Kathryn Stone OBE

Kathryn Stone OBE

Chief Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales, and previously Commissioner for Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland.

Women on Board

1.30pm, Tuesday 8th March, Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings

The demand for women to serve on corporate and public boards has never been greater. This NIABT event, 'Women on Board' gave attendees the opportunity to put questions to experienced board members on gender equality and barriers and enablers that women face when taking up roles on boards in Northern Ireland.
Listen below:


Judena Leslie

Judena Leslie (Chair)

Commissioner for Public Appointments

Robin Newton

Robin Newton MLA


Judith Cochrane

Judith Cochrane MLA


Claire Sugden

Claire Sugden MLA


Nicola Bothwell

Nicola Bothwell

NB Chartered Marketing & NIABT Board

Joanne Stuart

Dr Joanne Stuart OBE

NI Science Park
(NIABT Board 2011-2015)

Eileen Mullan

Eileen Mullan

Strictly Boardroom

Seen and Heard

5.30pm, Wednesday 9th March, Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings

Why are most commentators men? Where are all the women? Broadcasters regularly say that it is hard to find women to give their views on radio, television or in live debates. No matter how expert they may be in their field, many are hesitant to take part.

‘Seen and Heard’ saw Margaret E Ward, well-known entrepreneur, journalist and broadcaster, host a debate with prominent representatives from the world of broadcasting to discuss under-representation of women as commentators in the media and how it can be addressed.

Seen & Heard presentation from the event.

Seen and Heard Panel:

Maragret E Ward

Margaret E Ward (host)

Entrepreneur, journalist and broadcaster

Kathleen Carragher

Kathleen Carragher

Head of News, BBC NI

Hilary McGouran

Hilary McGouran

Managing Editor of TV News, RTE

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Managing Director, UTV Television

An Inclusive Commonwealth

7pm, Thursday 10th March, Great Hall, Parliament Buildings

We celebrated Commonwealth Day 2016 with the ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ event.

Know Your Power

6.30pm, Friday 11th March, Great Hall, Parliament Buildings

Leanne Murray

As part of the Assembly Women’s Week programme we held a screening of ‘Suffragette’ followed by a conversation with Helen Pankhurst, great grand-daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst.

The award winning film ‘Suffragette’ tracks the story of the women who played an important role in the early feminist movement. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.

Stormont: A Sense of Place exhibition
2nd March - 29th April 2016
Great Hall, Parliament Buildings

Lauren English
Leanne Murray
Sharon Ross