The Donegal WEAR Seminar



Putting Women’s Equality Centre Stage

The WEAR (Women’s Equality Awareness Raising) seminar is part of a wider project that the NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network has been delivering this year.   This seminar will be held in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on 28th September 2017 from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. everyone welcome.

In 2017 it remains a reality that globally women and girls can often face gender-based discrimination which increases their risk of experiencing poverty, violence, poor health and a lack of an education. While research also shows us there is a link between development, poverty eradication and women’s equality.

To create awareness to this issue and support women’s equality NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network, developed The WEAR project, with the funding support of the educational development awareness, EU Ladder Project.

Since April the WEAR project held a 5-week workshop series in Letterkenny, working with women from across Donegal, where participants looked at topics on poverty, health, education, gender based violence and decision-making, through interactive activities and group discussions.

Working with young people is critical if we are to influence change and embed gender equality as a core value within our society.

Through the WEAR project over 80 Transition Year Students from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana  and Moville Community College participated in a ‘Gender Equality and Development’ awareness workshop.  As both schools have Global Development incorporated into their curriculum the students who participated in WEAR  now have a better understanding of gender equality to inform their reflective learning and development.

Educational Development is about increasing awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing, inter-dependent and unequal world in which we live. The WEAR project has afforded the participants to learn about the structures and systems that impact on their lives and the connections of these to those in developing countries. While providing the opportunity for people to engage in analysis and reflection; recognising local action can assist and sustain global development to help to create a just and more equal world.


The WEAR seminar will share and reflect on the projects learning and look at the ways as a community we can help advance women’s equality locally and globally.

To book a place, please contact: NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network, 6 Tír Chonaill Street, Donegal Town. Tel No: 0749722790 Email:

Note for Editor: NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network (NCCWN-DWN)  has a strong record on working on Gender Equality at an Interagency level in Donegal for the past 20 years. NCCWN- DWN promotes Social Justice, Women’s Equality and Women’s Human Rights. Contact person: Finola Brennan, NCCWN- DWN Coordinator Mobile no: 087 7981330.

Donegal Democrat – Women’s Lives


Letters of Support – Kate Wilkinson, Project Manager, Donegal Change Makers

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14 July 2014
Minister Phil Hogan
Dept. of Environment, Community
& Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1

Dear Minister Hogan,

RE : Funding of Donegal Women’s Network.

I am writing to ask you to reconsider your decision to cut the funding of Donegal Women’s Network (DWN) and the 16 other women’s networks nationally. I have worked directly with Finola Brennan and her team and have learned a great deal about the nature of their work and the excellent support they provide to women throughout the county.

As project manager of Donegal Change Makers, an Irish Aid funded Development Education Project, I have worked in partnership with DWN on a project to raise awareness of gender equality and female representation to tie in with the recent local elections. The grass roots knowledge that DWN have of the women’s groups in the county and the issues that women face in all aspects of their lives is extremely valuable. This knowledge is of great benefit to both statutory and community organisations and the network is an important part of the community infrastructure of Donegal.

The contribution that DWN makes to lives of women in the county cannot be underestimated, and I would urge you to ring fence the necessary funding to maintain this extremely important service for the county.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Wilkinson

[sent via email]

Kate Wilkinson, Project Manager
Donegal Change Makers

Directors: Anthony Doogan (Chairperson), Kevin Callaghan, Charlie Cavanagh, Cllr. Mickey Doherty, Raymond Doherty, Cllr. Rena Donaghey, Owen Doyle, Cllr. Martin Farren, Michael Ferry, Paddy Gallen, Cllr. James Gill, Eamon Glackin, Kevin Lake, Martin McDermott, Susan McGonagle, Dermott McLaughlin, John H McLaughlin, Lynn McLaughlin, Mura MacLochlainn, Paddy McLaughlin, Cllr John Ryan
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Letter of Support – Michael Daly Editor in Chief Donegal Democrat

Minister Hogan,
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
Custom House Quay
Dublin 1

Dear Minister Hogan,

The Donegal Democrat has had a very good working relationship with Donegal Women’s Network (DWN) for the past fifteen years. A weekly feature entitled ‘Women’s Lives’ has been submitted
by the Editorial Group of DWN during this time.

The women in Donegal place great trust in this women community- led organisation and often share
very personal stories. ‘Women’s Lives’ provides a voice for women from diverse backgrounds and cultures in Donegal. It highlights the reality of their lives that enables the reader to gain a better understanding of the many challenges that women face as well as raising awareness on the issues and concerns for women and their families in Donegal.

I have attended a number of their AGM.s and had the opportunity to meet and hear first -hand how DWN has supported and engaged with women from throughout the county. We will never know the true impact that ‘Women’s Lives’ has had on the readers and the women whose lives have been highlighted however from feedback it has enriched, informed and challenged many.

As Editor of the Donegal Democrat I believe that DWN has played an absolutely vital role in the Donegal community. It is crucial that their work on behalf of women is allowed to continue.

Yours sincerely

Michael Daly,
Editor in Chief
Donegal Democrat