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New course offers women the chance to learn new leadership skills to improve the lives of others

Rachel Powell, a Women’s Sector Lobbyist, is one of the tutors on the Community Campaigners Course
Marie Louise McConville

Women are being offered the chance to learn new leadership skills through a project run by two of Northern Ireland’s leading women’s rights campaigners.

Rachel Powell and Elaine Crory, who worked together on the Raise Your Voice campaign to end violence against women and on the Women’s Policy Group Feminist Recovery Plan, will be delivering some elements of the free online training.

The training, which will de delivered through the Community Campaigners project, will take place this month and also next month.

Ms Powell said the aim was to reach women previously not involved in activism who want to effect change.

"Many women want to bring change to their communities, but they don’t know where to start," she said.

"This training requires no previous qualifications just a desire to get involved and learn new skills.

"All social change comes about because of the work of grassroots activists.They are at the core of the feminist movement. Good activism is all about working collectively, sharing your strengths, and learning from others".

Anyone wishing to take part must in the training must be from the Belfast City Council area, and is asked to send a paragraph explaining why they are interested to deirdre.quinn@wrda.net

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