An initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
The Y Factor project is an exciting new initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, aimed at empowering young women and men (in the 16-25 year age-group) to be leaders for women’s equality.
The project has a number of core actions planned to achieve that aim:
The team comprises a part-time Project Co-ordinator and part-time Development Worker, and is driven by a Steering Group that is currently made up of young women under the age of 25. The project is located within the National Women’s Council and will integrate its work within the overall strategic direction of the NWCI.
The NWCI is a membership organisation concerned with achieving equality between women and men in Ireland. It has approximately 170 members of whom the vast majority are women’s organisations. In recent years, the NWCI has noticed an increase in the number of younger feminist organisations, some of whom who have sought support from or to work with the NWCI. Schools and universities have also approached the NWCI to ask them to provide information to young women; and the NWCI has always provided internships which are availed of by talented young women who bring specific insights and experience to their work within the NWCI. In 2011 the organisation carried out some research and studies of young women about their interests in women’s equality, in feminism and what support young feminists need. As a result, it sought funding to establish a project that specifically sets out to support young women and men in to become active and advocate for women’s equality.