1. 'Wellbeing and Intercultural Communication'
Funded by the Tony Ryan Trust, this 2016/2019 project focused on trust building work for refugee and migrant women leaders, and others working with them.
- International Women’s Day hosted at Glencree for migrants and women from marginalised communities
- Ongoing series of Wellbeing and Intercultural events for women from diverse backgrounds
- A Workshop delivered by Dr Patricia Cane, founder of Capacitor International, that focused on ‘Capacitar for Refugees’ training for practitioners from around Ireland
- Monthly Wellbeing mornings in Direct Provision Centres
- Glencree Annual Summer Event - participation of speakers and performers from refugee, migrant and other minority ethnic backgrounds at the annual event, with break-out sessions to examine intercultural and migration issues
2. ‘Deepening Understanding on Human Rights and Equality for the Muslim Communities of Ireland’ Dialogues
Funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), this 2018 project engaged diverse groups within the Muslim communities in the Dublin region in a series of dialogues on human rights and equality issues, and connected them with key stakeholders.
- A Series of Dialogue Events that focused on:
- Promoting equality - how to access legal assistance through IHREC when combating discrimination
- Islamophobia in Ireland – how to deal with hostility, threats, verbal abuse, physical assault, discrimination in the workplace, education and accessing services
- The role of the Garda Diversity and Integration Office in building relationships with Muslims and other minority groups at local level
- Identifying and discussing the human rights and equality issues most relevant for Muslims. These issues included: employment; education; the position of Muslim women in Irish society; perceptions of Muslims as portrayed in the media; representation of Muslims in decision making and politics; everyday Islamophobia and racism; religious freedom and faith issues; community integration
- ‘Human Rights and Equality’ Dialogue Day
This dialogue day welcomed Muslims from diverse communities, representatives of the Department of Justice and Equality, the Department of Education and Skills, and representatives from the world of education and media. A talk on anti-Muslim racism was followed by a discussion of key issues from which emerged 3 powerful messages:
- The need to recognise the diversity within the Muslim communities of Ireland
- The need for greater public representation of Muslims in decision making positions in Irish society
- The need for an official response to Islamophobia/anti-Muslim racism in Ireland
3. 'Hope and Ambition Project' – Mount Street Club Trust
This 2019/2022 project aims to build the confidence of marginalised women from minority ethnicities and faiths, and disadvantaged economic backgrounds, who are living in or are moving out of Direct Provision, to feel safe and express their needs.
- Through ‘Community Circle’ work, participants are facilitated in identifying their own ‘hopes and ambitions’ and engage with women from different ethnic and faith backgrounds
- Bringing women from different circles together and using “Capacitar Multicultural Wellness” practices, creativity and dialogue, they are enabled to find common interests, listen to different perspectives, and share information and learnings
4. ‘Belonging and Identity in the Second Generation: Integration and Anti-Racism Dialogues with Hard to Reach Minority Communities’
Currently funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (initially funded by the Department of Justice and Equality), this 2020/2021 project will carry out dialogue work with young people (18-30), their parents and families, around the issues of anti-racism and intercultural integration. This dialogue work will also engage Irish people, members of other minority communities and other stakeholders.
- The first strand of the project will involve Dublin regional and national level dialogues between representatives of the diverse Muslim communities and statutory and community stakeholders. These dialogues will focus on finding ways to combat racism and Islamophobia and make integration of minority communities within their local communities more effective
- Further actions will focus on building new relationships with African and diverse socio-economic groups of Muslims in the Tallaght/Clondalkin areas, together with other stakeholders, and engaging these groups in dialogues on second generation and inter-generational issues in integration