Update for week of 13 June 2016

Advocating for women’s education – GWI

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Left to right, Dr. Noreen Layden, DIT, Marian Gibson, QUB branch, Catherine Bell, GWI and Margaret Watchorn, UCD branch.

The President of Graduate Women International (GWI) Catherine Bell visited DIT Grangegorman last week to meet colleagues and to discuss the possibility of DIT setting up a local branch for colleagues and graduates.  GWI is a global organisation that aims to promote access to education at every level for girls and women, and to support women’s progress in their careers as graduates.  Its vision is to achieve a world “where girls and women have equality of opportunity in all aspects of their lives.  To achieve this, we aim for 100% of girls and women in the world accessing education beyond primary school.”

Catherine was accompanied by Margaret Watchorn, President of the UCD chapter and incoming Vice President of the Irish Federation of University Women (the all-Ireland member of GWI), and by Marian Gibson from Queens University Belfast, outgoing President of the Irish Federation of University Women.

A committee will be formed to consider how best to establish a branch of the organisation in DIT, what its objectives might be and what wider role it can play in promoting equality and diversity in DIT.  Dr. Noreen Layden, Head of ESHI, is taking the lead on the GWI chapter but if you have an interest in being involved at this stage, let Noreen know at Noreen.layden@dit.ie