Women of Concern Event

Women Of Concern Event Details

On Friday 19 October, we welcomed almost 300 guests to the inaugural Women of Concern Awards Luncheon in Ireland. The event aimed to highlight the drive towards gender equality, raise funds and pay tribute to those who embody justice, generosity, and compassion in their work and daily lives.

We would like to thank all of our guests, those who purchased tables and our Key Corporate Partner EY. 

The event

A core element of the Women of Concern luncheon is to honour an individual from the private or public sector for their exceptional achievements and extraordinary leadership in this area. This year’s honoree was Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, a leader in Information Communication Technology (ICT) who has championed gender equality and diversity throughout her career at Microsoft, an organisation with empowerment at its core. 

The event was emceed by Terry Prone, The Communications Clinic, and an address from Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley, detailed how Concern is changing the lives of millions of women around the world. 

Guest speaker

Aline Joyce Berabose guest speaker and youth leader from Rwanda told us of her incredible story of survival, redemption and hope.

"22 years ago, a young woman walked 60 days through the rainforests of Congo in search of peace, safety, and her home. After having spent two years in a refugee camp, all she carried was a few boxes of biscuits and a three-month-old baby girl. That child was her hope for the future, for a new Rwanda, after tragic genocide. That child was me."

Aline believes her back-story has fated her to be a changemaker.

“A step you make — whether it’s sending a message to someone or donating one dollar — can change somebody’s life. What kept myself and my mother going was not when someone came and gave a million dollars to us… it was a biscuit that kept us going. If it wasn’t for that small biscuit, I wouldn’t be here helping hundreds of youth in Africa.”

Stay in touch

Change is happening and with your support, we can create a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for the most vulnerable women and girls in our world. We would love to continue these important conversations with you, please get in touch with our Corporate Partnerships and Major Gift Team on 01 479 1301 or  [email protected].