WOMEN'S SUPPORT NETWORK BACKGROUND
The Women's Support Network (WSN), established in 1989, is a regional organisation that works across all areas of Northern Ireland. It includes in its membership community based women’s centres, groups and organisations, with a concentration in disadvantaged areas. WSN is a charitable and feminist organisation, which adopts a community development approach. We provide a range of support and services to 66 community based women’s centres, projects and infrastructure groups and 19 associate members drawn from across the community and voluntary sector who support women, families and communities.
Our vision is ‘a society where women’s experiences are fully recognised and valued and where women enjoy full and equal participation in all spheres of life’.
Our mission is ‘to support the development of women’s organisations, enable collective action and positively impact on policy and decision-making processes’.
The Women’s Support Network believes that the art of networking is finding and representing the commonalties we share, while at the same time affirming, valuing and giving voice to our differences as organisations and individuals within them. The Women’s Support Network is not only accessible to its constituency but also directed by it. The Board of WSN is voluntary and is made up of representatives from a cross-section of WSN member groups.