More power to country women

A PROGRAMME aimed at empowering women living in isolated rural areas in north Kerry is looking for new members.

The Equality for Women Measure, run by North and East Kerry Development from bases in Listowel, Castleisland and Tralee, has been responsible for training hundreds of women since it was started in 2009. Many of the women have gone on to further education in an indication of how effective the programme has been.

"Over 300 women have joined the programme, in efforts to return to education and/or training in various forms and all have had their lives changed for the better," Project Co-Ordinator Dee Keogh said.

"We're keen for new members now and would appeal to women, particularly those who might feel they are at something of a crossroads in their lives at present and looking to get back on the education path to get in touch with us now," Dee added. For more information contact the NEKD's Listowel office on (068)23429.

The programme showed exactly how effective it had become after it was threated with closure under government cuts to rural development companies, including the NEKD.

Within days of the bad news members undertook an intense lobbying campaign of politicians, including Justice Minister Alan Shatter and local Minister for Arts and Heritage Jimmy Deenihan. Following favourable responses from both ministers funding was secured for another year to take the programme into 2014 for the benefit of hundreds more women in the region.


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