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NCCWN Clare Women's Network


Mission Statement


‘To ensure a safe society in which all women are valued, included and experience equality of opportunity at all levels of social, political and economic life’



Current work


The Clare Women’s Network seeks to engage with women experiencing an intersection of disadvantages, often referred to as those ‘most disadvantaged’ because of the nature of their varying experiences, such as geographic location and other issues including lack of educational opportunity/facilities and access to essential services. The cross section of women the CWN engage with is vast. As women are not a homogeneous group, their experiences and circumstances are quite individual and specific to issues such as location, access to transport, ethnicity, sexual or gender identity, ability and a vast range of other issues which make up the lives of women.




The CWN makes connections with women from varying socio/ethnic/economic backgrounds and offer supports through courses, support groups, one to one support and believes that creativity and the arts is a key component for societal change.








Organisation Objectives


  • Provide support for women to enhance their quality of life on an individual and group basis especially women experiencing social and economic exclusion and isolation, women in rural communities, women from the travelling community, women parenting alone, women with physical disabilities, women with mental health difficulties, women in direct provision and women from minority communities, members of the LGBTQI community.
  • To inform and influence policy and practice in relation to improving women’s lives at a local, regional, national and international level.
  • To provide information on women’s issues through email, newsletters, media and the internet
  • To organize seminars, workshops and open meetings to benefit the women of Clare.
  • To provide education and training at an informal and formal level.
  • To work for women’s representation locally, nationally and internationally.
  • To provide a visible and accessible premises with a friendly and welcoming ethos which facilitates drop-in services and provides meeting space for women’s groups.
  • To continue to develop an efficient and steering group that reflects our values and vision in steering and implementing the work of the network.






Feminist values and ethos


All members and volunteers must agree to respect and support the feminist values and ethos of the network.


  • anti-racist
  • non-discriminatory
  • non-judgemental
  • non-politically aligned




Our feminist values are:


  • To support women in choices in all areas of their lives.
  • To actively promote women’s role in society.
  • Commitment to eliminate all discrimination against women in society.
  • Feminism as a women’s based consciousness.





The Clare Women's Network is part of the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) along with seventeen other projects throughout the country and is currently funded by the Department of Justice and Equality through the NCCWN.  The Clare Women’s Network is managed by a volunteer steering group.  It also has two part-time employees whose work is directed by the steering group. 

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