This is a really good piece by Aoife Barry at TheJournal.ie on Rosamund Jacob, who was a suffragette and feminist born in Waterford.
In 2016 Ann Fitzgerald of NCCWN-Waterford Women’s Centre led The Pink Plaque Campaign to get a Civic Trust Blue Plaque, dedicated to Rosamund, on the house she was born. The Pink Plaque Campaign commits, each year, to sponsoring a Blue Plaque recognising a Waterford woman and this is included in the annual events of International Women’s Day Celebrations. Dr. Mary Strangman is being honoured this year. Below are photos of the poster from the 2016 IWD events and the Rosamund Jacob blue plaque.
NCCWN-ACCESS 2000 Wexford has been shortlisted for the AONTAS Star Awards for our Bloom Postcard Garden Project – Nurture and Nature the Path to Wonder which shared 1st Prize Certificate in Distinction at Bloom Irelands Largest Garden Festival held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin in June 2017.
The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult education groups in Ireland. That’s why the Star Award categories focus on promoting wellbeing; social inclusion; digital inclusion; and ensuring that the learner’s voice is heard.
Since its inception in 2007 over 1,000 adult learning initiatives across a wide variety of areas – including arts, mental health, addiction and disability – have been recognised through the STAR Awards.
The first phase was completing the application and sending it to Aontas The second phase of the judging process involved members of the panel meeting with shortlisted initiatives in each category to decide on a wining group. Our category is Wellbeing. So on Monday, February 5th, a group from NCCWN/ACCESS 2000 had an informal meeting with a panel of judges to showcase our work and the difference it made to the lives of the learners who participated in the Garden Project.
The big announcement will be on Monday, March 5th. All projects shortlisted are invited to the Aontas Star Awards Ceremony where the winners in each category will be announced. This is a huge achievement for everyone involved and we are keeping our fingers crossed! For that all important Award! Congratulation NCCWN-Wexford Access 2000!
As an awareness-raising reminder for events for IWD, this year is the 1918-2018 Centenary of women’s suffrage. After a long and difficult campaign, women got the right to vote. They had to be 30 years of age and own property. Eventually in 1922 after a strong campaign, all Irish women over 21 were given the right to vote.
Are there names of women involved in the suffrage movement
from your area, that could be included in your International Women’s Day events?.
In Waterford, NCCWN-Waterford Women’s Centre are honoring Dr. Mary Strangman with a Civic Blue plaque. She was elected Waterford’s first female City Councillor in 1912 and the first and only women to be elected in the 1918 local elections. She was an active suffragette and was a founding member of the Munster Women’s Franchise League. She would have been campaigning strongly for women’s political participation and women’s right to vote. She played a vital role in raising awareness of suffrage in Waterford.
At the festvial, stories were heard of living in direct provision, from Donnah Sibanda Vuma, of adoption and first mothers, from Christina Breen, on losing her daughter Alicia to domestic homicide from Maria Dwyer. The festival spoke of the frequency of the many violations in society towards women and the importance of collective responses and a move away from divide and conquer strategies which silence women.