Celebrating Local Women Activists on International Women’s Day 2023

Celebrating Local Women Activists – IWD 2023

On the 8th of March 2023, the world comes together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), a day that recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality and to honour the contributions of women from all walks of life.

As we celebrate IWD today, GCCN would like to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate a series of amazing local women who are members of GCCN.

These women have taken action to make the world a better place, whether it be through advocating for minority rights, environmental protection, disability awareness, or preserving Traveller heritage. Their contributions are invaluable, and they serve as role models for women everywhere.

Together with the wonderful Women Activists below, we celebrate all Women on this International Women’s Day and honour their accomplishments and contributions to society.

Celebrating Local Women Activists – IWD 2023

Nora Corcoran - Traveller Activist in Galway City

Nora Corcoran

It is with great pleasure that we recognize and celebrate Nora Corcoran as our first Woman Activist on this International Women’s Day.

As a dedicated Traveller Activist, Nora’s primary focus is on raising awareness and preserving the rich Traveller heritage. Her tireless efforts aim to educate the community about Traveller identity, customs, and culture, while instilling a deep sense of pride in young Travellers.

Nora’s work is essential to safeguarding the Traveller culture and ensuring that it is respected and valued in society. Her advocacy efforts have created a positive impact on the lives of many, and her work serves as a shining example of how one person’s passion and dedication can create positive change in society.

We extend our warmest wishes to Nora Corcoran, her colleagues in Galway Traveller Movement, and all Traveller women in Galway and beyond on this International Women’s Day.

Islammiyah Saudique-Kadejo

We are delighted to recognize and celebrate Islammiyah Saudique-Kadejo as the second Woman Activist on this International Women’s Day.

As the CEO of GOCOM Radio, the first ethnic minority interest and multilingual community radio in Ireland, Islammiyah is committed to ensuring that minority groups have representation in our media. She tirelessly supports diverse community-based content for Galway, creating a platform for diverse voices to be heard.

In addition to her work with GOCOM Radio, Islammiyah is also the executive director and founder of Amdalah Africa Foundation-Amdaf Ireland. Through this foundation, she advocates for the rights of women of African descent and supports them in taking action on matters that affect them in their communities.

We extend our warmest wishes to Islammiyah Saudique-Kadejo and all migrant women in Galway and beyond on this International Women’s Day.

Islammiyah Saudique Kadejo - Migrant Activist in Galway City
Caroline Stanley - Environmental Activist in Galway City

Caroline Stanley

We are honoured to recognize and celebrate Caroline Stanley as the third Woman Activist on this International Women’s Day.

Caroline is a committed environmental activist, who advocates tirelessly for the protection of Merlin Woods and raises awareness about biodiversity, climate change, and the importance of respecting nature for a sustainable future.

Through her passion and dedication, Caroline has become a respected leader in environmental activism in Galway and beyond. Her work has inspired many to take action and make positive changes in their communities to protect our planet.

We extend our warmest wishes to Caroline Stanley and all women involved in environmental activism in Galway and beyond on this International Women’s Day.

Marian Maloney

It is our pleasure to recognize and celebrate Marian Maloney as the fourth Woman Activist on this International Women’s Day.

Marian is an esteemed community activist and disability awareness campaigner who has dedicated herself to promoting inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Her tireless efforts are aimed at increasing access to public spaces and equal opportunities, enabling individuals with a disability to participate fully in our communities.

Marian’s expertise and contributions are widely recognized, and she plays a pivotal role in the governance of various community development organizations. As the chair of the local disability forum, Access for All Galway, she continues to champion the cause of disability rights and works towards creating a more inclusive society for all.

On this International Women’s Day, we extend our warmest wishes to Marian Maloney and all Women with Disabilities in Galway and beyond.

Marian Maloney - Disability Activist in Galway City
Fiona McDonagh - Delaney - LGBT Rights Activist

Fiona McDonagh – Delaney

To conclude the day’s celebrations, it is our pleasure to introduce Fiona McDonagh-Delaney as the fifth Woman Activist for today.
Fiona is a devoted advocate for the rights of the LGBTI+ community in Galway city and county, and has made significant contributions through her work with AMACH! LGBTI+ Galway, working to amplify the voices of marginalized individuals and advocating for the provision of resources and support for the community.

Fiona’s work stems from a deep commitment to ensuring that members of the LGBTI+ community feel seen, heard, and valued within society. Her passion for advocacy is driven by a desire to create a world in which every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, is treated with dignity and respect.

We are grateful for Fiona’s work and efforts and are proud to recognize her as a Woman Activist today. Happy International Women’s Day to you, Fiona, to your colleagues in Amach! LGBTI+ Galway and to all people who identify as Women in Galway and beyond!

Here’s to all the incredible women, past, present, and future, who continue to inspire and make the world a better place.

Happy International Women’s Day 2023!

Celebrating Local Women Activists – IWD 2023