Every Woman, Every Story
WGPA were recently invited to take part in a unique event, held in the Dóchas Centre, the all-female prison located at Mountjoy Prison. It offered the women in custody an opportunity to share their experiences with prominent and influential women who are leaders in their chosen field.
WGPA chair Aoife Lane was invited to join a panel discussion, sharing personal insights from the founding of the association and the collective power of women showing solidarity and empowering one another to use their voices. Remembering the meaning of the word Dóchas is hope, the aim of the day was to help inspire the women in custody and offer hope in a compassionate and understanding setting by showing unique support that women can provide to each other on their individual and group journeys.
Aoife joined the panel which included:
- Katherine Zappone – Minister for Children & Youth Affairs,
- Retired Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness,
- Business woman and broadcaster Norah Casey,
- Paula Kearney – peer worker with the Saol Project.
The event was MC’ed by Colette Fitzpatrick, TV3 news anchor and the audience consisted of the women in custody along with invited guests, bringing together a collective group from a diverse background for meaningful engagement. It was a valuable, empathetic and instructional experience for those in attendance, including some of our Ladies Football and Camogie players, who hope to continue their support for the Dóchas and the women in custody with a follow-up legacy event in the Autumn time.
A special word of tribute and thanks to Governor Mary O’Connor and Patricia Kelleher from the Dóchas, and advocates Fiona Hynes and Suzie Coogan, for bringing the event together and inviting us to get involved.