The "WATCH" project (women accessing theoretical and conversational history) utilises the expertise developed by the organisation during previous good relations and peace programmes, to establish a new group WHIG (women's historical information group) which straddles the urban, rural and community divide in Ards North Down. Supported by NI Housing Executive, the project will provide an empowerment programme to encourage women in the Borough to become more confident in terms of their own history, more self assured, and to improve their capacity to voice their concerns and communitcate with the NI Housing Executive on issues linked to community cohesion. Both KWC and NIHE identified a gap in current provision for women to explore their identity and engage in dialoge in a safe and secure environment. The programme will be a catalyst for conversation, dialogue and engagement across the Borough and help to create a more stable and safer community through effective community urban and rural partnerships.
Utilising the expertise of the Fellowship of Messine, engaging on their 'What Price Citizenship' programme and an experienced genealogist to project will:
- Establish a historical society for local women (WHIG), linking to the decade of centenaries
- Generate and inspire interest via family history programmes and the opportunity to engage in exhibitions
- Hold 6 lunchtime debate and dialoge sessions
- Visit 3 venues lined to the historical debates (PRONI, The Somme Centre and the NI War Museum in Waring Street)
- Topics will include - a study of Ireland pre World War 1, World War 1 and the Impact in Ireland, History of Ireland post World War 1, World War 2 North & South, Ireland and the relationship with the UK, concluding with an exploration of History, Legacy and Myth
For information on the project or to get involved, contact Alison or Emma at the centre on 91478292Back