Women in Leadership Development

Women's Voice DLR

Women's Voice DLR is a group of volunteers passionate about moving DLR society towards gender equality.

Vision Statement

That women equally contribute to every debate and every issue affecting society and the economy at every level from local communities to international contexts.

Areas of Focus

To develop women's political understanding so that they can engage with local communities and the local government processes in DLR in order to bring women's perspectives and voices to the decision-making table. ie, lobbying, PPN membership, support implementation of policies on gender equality, events.

  1. Equal access to educational opportunities
  2. Equality in the workplace and in the home
  3. Involvement in local elections
  4. Raise awareness about gender issues

Pathways to Leadership in the Community
Women's Conference 11th November 2021

As part of the Work4Change series that will begin in 2022, this conference will explore leadership projects and pathways that are available to women in the community. We will be joined by four panelists who are actively involved in already existing community leadership projects. There will also be 3 relevant workshops to choose from in order to further your awareness of ways to be involved in local projects.

Our four panelists:

  • Ursula McKenna - Coordinator-Dochas Centre; Monaghan Women's Assembly
  • Dr. Michelle Maher - Programme Director, See Her Elected (SHE)
  • Simone Sav - Network Manager, DLR Public Participation Network
  • Dr. Aurelia Ciblis - Women's Voice DLR

Please go HERE on eventbrite to register for this FREE event.

Past Events

Women and Leadership Workshop

  • Why are women not always treated equally in local, national and global situations?
  • What actions are eeded to continue moving our society towards gender equality?
  • What is our own potential to have a influence and bring about change?

This workshop was an opportunity to explore these important questions together with other women and interact with guests speakers around these topics. There will be more Women in Leadership Workshops starting again soon.

The Southside Partnership Women's programme has organised a number of conferences and workshops around Women and Leadership in DLR.

In 2010 local women attended the 'Women and Power ' workshop followed by a conference on 'Women and Leadership' in November 2012. We looked at our potential as leaders and widened the network of women working to influence decisions made on a local and county level. Yearly workshops/conferences followed in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020. These have beens opportunities to hear from inspiring women who have made changes to their communities.

Reconnecting During Uncertain Times Conference- 5 November 2020

We held a virtual conference during government restrictions allowing women to connect with each other and discuss the effects of the pandemic on women. Four inspirational speakers addressed the impact specifically in relation to family dynamics and health and well-being.
You can listen to a recording of the speakers HERE.
You can also access the presentations of each speaker by clicking on their names below:
Catherine Lang (National Womens Council of Ireland)
Anne Marie Sheridan (Springboard)
Clodagh Erasmus (GROW Ireland)

An extensive list of supports and contact information was provided and can be viewed HERE.

Women Transforming Communities Conference- 2018

In February 2013 a Women's Manifesto Group was established in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The women involved in this group wanted to bring women's perspective to local decision-makers. It was not' limited' to women's issues.
A new Women's Voice Group came together in spring 2018. The members of this new group participated in a 'Women and Leadership' training.
Further Women in Leadership training was organised in 2021 to progress the Women's Voice DLR.


Please contact Marilyn for more information and to register for upcoming training on 087 2198183 email: marilyn.nyquist@sspship.ie

If you are intersted in local issues get involved!

The Women's Manifesto Model was developed by Longford Women's Link. With the funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the model can be adapted in other communities across Ireland.