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Women of Concern

Women of Concern

For the past three years, the Women of Concern Annual Awards Luncheon has gathered in Dublin to highlight the drive towards gender equality and pay tribute to those who embody justice, generosity and compassion in their work and daily lives.

This year, instead of holding our in-person event, Women of Concern: CHANGE MAKERS will meet virtually to celebrate women around the world who are creating and promoting positive change within their own communities - from Haiti to Malawi, Lebanon to Kenya. Presented by RTÉ journalist Sarah McInerney, the programme will also feature a spoken word performance from FELISPEAKS and music by Loah.

This year's honouree

Each year, Women of Concern recognises an individual from the private or public sector for their exceptional achievements and extraordinary leadership - and this year is no different. For 2021, we are proud to honour Northern Irish academic, peace activist and human rights defender, Professor Monica McWilliams.

Monica McWilliams
Monica McWilliams

Professor McWilliams co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and, as a delegate to the multi-party peace negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement, ensured that women’s voices were represented in the peacebuilding process. She is Emeritus Professor in the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University and specialises in conflict resolution and working with women in conflict regions.

She will appear in conversation with renowned Ugandan journalist and Concern Board Member Kevin Doris Ejon, in a wide-ranging conversation that shares insights into Monica’s work, activism, and the importance of equal representation.

At Concern, we know that gender inequality is one of the major barriers to ending extreme poverty - but we also understand that women are often the most effective dynamos of change within their families and communities. We place women and girls at the heart of our programmes - because equality for women is progress for all.

Please join us and tune in on Friday, 22 October for an inspiring and thought-provoking programme, which will raise vital funds to support our work.

Gender Equality: at the heart of our strategy

When Concern begins working with a community, it is women and girls who are most often the first that we work with - not only because persistent inequality in all societies means that women are disproportionately affected by poverty and oppression - but because Concern understands that women are the most effective dynamos of change within their families and communities.

We understand that if you invest sustained time and resources into the lives of women in the community - providing holistic economic and social support - that they can lead in lifting themselves, their families and their communities out of extreme poverty forever.

We need your help to empower women and girls to fight inequality

€20

could provide reusable menstrual hygiene kits to four girls in Kenya for a whole year

€20
could provide reusable menstrual hygiene kits to four girls in Kenya for a whole year
€40

could help women and children on the streets of Bangladesh escape violence and sexual abuse

€40
could help women and children on the streets of Bangladesh escape violence and sexual abuse
€100

can pay for a hand-operated water pump, bringing fresh clean water to a village

€100
can pay for a hand-operated water pump, bringing fresh clean water to a village
Meresiyana Cimpaye (40) with the goats she bought from the profits of her Graduation Programme cash transfer. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.

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