OVER 100 attended a Rural Women’s Conference in the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown this week.
The event was held to celebrate the Rural Women’s Programme in peace building, held in various women’s centres and venues across the Cookstown District Council area.
The event was the accumulation of all of the progamme’s hard work during the past eight months in bringing women together from across the district in a shared interest programme where they could build friendships, develop their knowledge and understanding of each other and create shared spaces that were open and welcoming to all.
The women had opportunity to avail of nine week workshops, three excursions and a conference to address the issues associated with the legacy of the Northern Ireland conflict.
Mary Hogg of Cookstown & District Women’s Group, leading organisation for the programme, expressed her thanks to Cookstown District Council via the South West Peace lll who funded the programme and also thanked them for their commitment on delivering programmes with the ‘grass roots up’ approach, allowing women to avail of Peace Building activities within their own villages and townlands.
Speakers at the event were Maggie Bryson, Head of Community Services, Cookstown District Council and Amanda Kitchingham, Retail and Regional Manager of The Perfume Shop and Linda Henry a participant on the programme.
Linda spoke of how this programme was her very first opportunity of experiencing peace building activities.
All the ladies at the conference were given a lovely gift kindly donated by The Perfume Shop and were treated to lunch.