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International Women's Day 2020


Key information


Date          Friday 6 March 2020

Venue       Parliament Buildings, Belfast.

Time         09:30 - 15:00



09:30 - 10:30      Registration and refreshments

10:30 - 11:00      Welcome by the Speaker, the Women’s Caucus and preparations for the Assembly Chamber session

11:00 - 12:30      Meeting MLAs from the Women’s Caucus

12:30 - 13:30      Lunch (provided)

13:30 - 15.00      Event in the Assembly Chamber


Who is it for?

The event is open to all young women aged 16-18 living in Northern Ireland. There are max 3 places per group. In addition, one adult may accompany the group.


When can I apply?

Applications open 6 January 2020.

Deadline for applications is midday 14 February 2020.


How do I apply for places?

To apply please email IWD@niassembly.gov.uk by midday 14 February 2020.

You will be notified if you have been successful or not by Friday 21 February 2020. Successful groups will be sent an information sheet via email which should be returned as soon as possible.





I applied but haven’t heard if I have a place.

All applicants will receive a confirmation email. Applicants will be notified if they have a place by 21 February. If you have any questions, please call 02890 521896 or 02890 521833.


Why did we not get a place?

In order to maximise the number and diversity of organisations who can be represented it may not be possible for all groups to attend. Space is limited and attendees are sought from all 18 Assembly constituencies.


I’ve got a place! How can I prepare for the event?

Check out the Useful Links information below. One person per school or group may make a one-minute speech related to the theme #EachforEqual, but we'll do our best to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to speak in the chamber during the open floor sections. Whether you're the person making the speech or not, it’s a good idea to do some research and prepare some notes. We will contact groups to ask for the titles of the speeches and the name of the person delivering the speech.


Can we get an additional place for someone from my school/ group?

Groups can apply for up to 3 places. We will let you know if extra places become available.


Someone from our group has dropped out. What should we do?

Don’t worry. Just let us know as soon as possible if you can replace the person. If not, we might be able to offer the space to another group.


Preparing for the event


What’s the theme for this year’s event?

This year’s theme is “An equal world is an enabled world”. #EachforEqual. More information can be found here.


I have been chosen from my group to make the speech. How can I get some help writing my speech?

Check out the advice from International Women’s Day on writing speeches: https://internationalwomensday.com/Speeches. Take a look at some of the Useful Links below.


How long should my speech be?

In order to hear from as many groups as possible, speeches should not exceed one minute. There will be opportunities during the open floor sessions to hear from those not chosen to make the one-minute speech.


Where can I find relevant research to help me write my speech?

Take a look at the Useful Links section below for links to useful research.


I have additional access requirements/dietary needs. What do I need to do?

Get in touch via phone 02890 521896 or 02890 521833 or email IWD@niassembly.gov.uk and let us know your requirements.


Will there be photography/filming at the event?

Yes. There will be photography and filming at the event. We will ask you to complete a form giving your permission. Teachers may sign on behalf of students.




Where is the event being held?

The event will be held in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3XX.


How do I get to Parliament Buildings?

More information on accessing Parliament Buildings can be found here.


Can a teacher or adult accompany me on the day?

Yes. Accompanying adults are welcome to attend though we are unable to help with the cost of substitute cover for teachers. Please note that accompanying adults will not be able to attend the morning workshops but are welcome to sit in the Public Gallery during the chamber session in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided for accompanying adults.


Is there help with travel costs?

Help with travel costs is available if the cost of travel is a barrier to attending. You must email IWD@niasssembly.gov.uk in advance of the event if you require support.


What do I need to bring with me?

Just bring yourself and any notes you need. There is limited space to store bags so our advice is to travel light if you can!


Is lunch provided?

Yes. Refreshments are provided on arrival and lunch is provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.


Must I wear school uniform?

If you are attending as a pupil of a school, we would we encourage you to wear school uniform.




Help! I’m nervous about speaking in front of so many people!

Don’t panic! Remember help is at hand. Check out the advice from International Women’s Day on writing speeches: https://internationalwomensday.com/Speeches. Take a look at some of the Useful Links below. On the day you’ll have a chance to meet some female MLAs in the Women’s Caucus who will share tips on managing the nerves and getting your voice heard. Don’t forget, we’re here to help, so contact us if you require additional support.


What if I can’t make it on the day after all?

Call us as soon as possible on 02890 521896 or 02890 521833 or email IWD@niasssembly.gov.uk.


I’m running late. What should I do?

Don’t panic! Call us as soon as possible on 02890 521896 or 02890 521833 or email IWD@niasssembly.gov.uk


Useful links


IWD theme https://internationalwomensday.com/2020Theme

Tips for writing speeches https://internationalwomensday.com/Speeches

IWD research https://internationalwomensday.com/IpsosMori

Plan International 'The State of Girls' Rights in the UK' https://plan-uk.org/file/plan-uk-state-of-girls-rights-report-2020pdf/download?token=42bpRbf8


Research from the Assembly's Research and Information Service (RaISe)











Research from the UK Parliament on Women in Parliament and Government