As you may be aware today is International Women’s Day and I thought it important that we acknowledge the role of women in Northside Partnership and across the community we work with.
 
For the last 25 years Northside Partnership has been working to create positive change for people across the area and it is important to celebrate the leading role that women have played in this endeavour.
 
Many of us have been lucky to know, work with and learn from inspiring women across the community. Today is a day to think about the women that have shown courage and conviction in addressing the social, economic and political obstacles that have impacted upon their families, neighbourhoods and communities.
 
Seventy-five percent of Northside Partnership staff members are women. This demonstrates the driving force of women in improving opportunities for people in education, employment, health and family life. Today we also celebrate the commitment and dedication of women in Northside Partnership in helping the organisation achieve its objectives.
 
We have a long way to go to ensure true equality between women and men in Ireland and internationally. But for today, we can celebrate the progress we have made as an organisation, as communities and as society over the last 25 years.
 
Thank you to the women of Northside Partnership.
 
Happy Women’s Day!