Assembly Women's Week - supporting and increasing the participation of women in all spheres of public life.

Speaker, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, is hosting its first Women’s Week programme at Parliament Buildings, which will begin on Monday 7 March and continue through Friday, 11 March.

The events are all built around the theme of supporting and increasing the participation of women in all spheres of public life and will include a range of panel events.

The events taking place during the week are:

Facing the Challenge Leading the Way - Monday, 7 March, 6.30pm, Long Gallery

Discussion with three women who have played leading roles on their experiences, female leadership and the obstacles women face.

Women on Board - Tuesday, 8 March, 1.30pm, Senate Chamber

An event hosted by the Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust to discuss issues women face when taking up roles on boards in Northern Ireland.

Seen & Heard - Wednesday, 9 March, 5.30pm, Long Gallery 

A debate hosted by Margaret E Ward on why most media commentators are still male and how this can be addressed.

An Inclusive Commonwealth - Thursday, 10 March, 7.00pm, Great Hall

This event, to celebrate Commonwealth Day, includes speakers, music, dance and culture and will focus on the importance of cultural inclusivity in Northern Ireland.

Know Your Power, Friday, 11 March, 6.30pm, Great Hall

This event will include a screening of the film Suffragette, followed by a conversation with Helen Pankhurst, the great grand-daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Find out more about each event and register to attend on the Women's Week website -

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