FWIN Book Launch and AGM

Over 100 women gathered at the Holywell Building Derry/Londonderry today (01/03/17) for the launch of Foyle Women’s Information Network’s (FWIN) book ‘Softly Spoken’.

The book, funded by the Executive Office, is the culmination of months of hard work and brings together the forgotten and untold stories of women during the Troubles.

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Speakers at the event included Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Hilary McClintock and Head of Communications for the Commission For Victims and Survivors, Tina McCann. There were also recitals from the book from Kerri-Lynn Cooke and Lynne McCarron.

FWIN Co-ordinator, Catherine Cooke, said: “There are so many stories from the Troubles that we are all very familiar with but more often than not we are hearing a very male centred narrative. With this book we wanted to capture what life was like for women during the conflict, many of whom have suffered in silence for years.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this book, if they had not been willing to share what were at times very painful memories, we would not be having this launch today.

“This book is a valuable resource not only for FWIN but for any organisation involved in good relations, the women’s sector, the community and voluntary sector etc.

“I would also like to thank, our funders, our hard working committee, everyone who attended todays event and, most importantly, all our members.”

The book launch was followed by FWIN’s AGM which was chaired by Maureen Hetherington.


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