This project is co-funded by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
About the NCCWN
The vision of the NCCWN is a just and equal society for women.
The mission of the NCCWN is to empower and support community-based women who experience disadvantage and marginalisation as a result of barriers to participation and lack of opportunities. This will be achieved by our women’s projects bringing about positive and sustainable changes to their lives and society using collective action and feminist approaches, with an emphasis on policy and challenging structures, attitudes and behaviours that marginalise women
The NCCWN works from two core perspectives – feminism and community development. These perspectives permeate all the work of the NCCWN.
Who we are
The National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) was established as a national organisation in 2002. The rationale for the organisation was to enable women experiencing disadvantage, to network and have a voice in national policy developments. This consolidated many years of informal feminist networking and information sharing in the women’s community sector, dating back to the 1990s.
NCCWN Delighted to Receive Funding from European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) for NCCWN STEPS for Women Programme
The National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN), through its 17 local Women’s Community Development Projects throughout the country, help to address poverty, social exclusion and gender inequality experienced by women.
Through seven of our Women’s Projects nationwide NCCWN ran a successful ESF PEIL 2014-2020 NCCWN STEPS for Women Programme. The ESF PEIL funding enabled NCCWN to engage with 296 women to support them into employment, education and training.
NCCWN were delighted to be successful in the second round of ESF PEIL funding administered through the EU Funds Division in the Department of Justice & Equality. NCCWN will run a 14 week STEPS programme annually in ten of our women’s projects nationwide.
NCCWN National Coordinator, Miriam Holt highlights that: “This ESF funding enables NCCWN Projects to engage with grassroots women in order to increase confidence, build relationships and foster a sense of personal power in women to shape their lives for future employment or education. Through the previous ESF funding seven
of our NCCWN Projects supported 296 women to participate in the STEPS programme. We hope to engage and support more women now that this women-focused and womenled programme will be rolled out in ten of our projects nationwide.”
Pictured from right to left:
Andrew Maher EU Funds, Department of Justice & Equality, Miriam Holt National Coordinator NCCWN, Sharon Geraghty National Finance Coordinator NCCWN & Conor Ryder EU Funds, Department of Justice & Equality