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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 community based women’s centres, projects and infrastructure groups and 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.

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Women’s Regional Consortium

Working to Support Women in Rural Communities and Disadvantaged Urban Areas The Consortium for the Regional Support for Women in Disadvantaged and Rural Areas consists of seven established Women’s Sector organisations who are committed to working in partnership with each other, government, statutory organisations and women’s organisations, centres and groups working in disadvantaged and rural areas to ensure that organisations working for women are given the best possible support in the work they do in tackling disadvantage and social exclusion. The seven groups are as follows:

 

 

The Consortium will be the established link and strategic partner between government and statutory agencies and women in disadvantaged and rural areas (D&RA) including all groups, centres and organisations delivering essential frontline services, advice and support. The Consortium will ensure that there is a continuous two way flow of information between government and the sector. It will ensure that organisations/centres & groups are made aware of consultations, government planning and policy implementation. In turn the Consortium will ascertain the views, needs and aspirations of women in D&RA and take these views forward to influence policy development and future government planning which will ultimately result in the empowerment of local women in disadvantaged and rurally isolated communities.

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