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Senator Zappone to host Tallaght’s largest ever feminist and gender equality event


Independent Senator Katharine Zappone has organised and will host #FEMPOWER, a day of empowerment, storytelling and action for women’s equality on Saturday January 16th from 1-3pm.

The feminist conference is now fully booked, with 300 guests signed up to attend as part of this enlightening and important day. Women from all backgrounds will gather together to discuss the role that feminism has played in all of their lives.

In the wake of the significant feminist events such as FemFest organised by the National Women’s Council of Ireland and the #WakingTheFeminists movement demanding gender equality in the arts, #FEMPOWER aims to keep up the current momentum surrounding women’s issues with some of Ireland’s most brilliant and inspiring feminist speakers appearing at the event.


The conference will be held at Tallaght Stadium, which is only close to An Cosán, the education centre that Senator Zappone and her partner Ann Louise Gilligan founded. The centre is currently celebrating its 30 year anniversary, and has been instrumental as an educational hub for the women of Dublin South West.

The purpose of #FEMPOWER is to inspire real, positive change for women in our communities. The conference will include talks from Ireland’s most prominent female speakers on topics ranging from education, leadership, and childcare to body image, consent and the eighth amendment.  It will also act as a space for discussion and engagement with the panellists and with one another. 

A feminist fair will follow the series of talks, with feminist and women’s organisations presenting their latest publications and work, and hopefully recruiting new volunteers.

The day aims to be a celebration of women’s achievements, and will hopefully inspire and galvanise those attending to continue to seek new solutions and perspectives and make further progress in the area of women’s equality in 2016.

Speakers include:

Una Mullally, journalist at The Irish Times

Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union

Sinéad Burke, academic and writer

Dil Wickremasinghe, broadcaster at Newstalk and co-founder of Insight Matters

Rosaleen McDonagh, writer, performer and disability activist

Moninne Griffith, executive director of BeLonGTo and Chairperson of the NWCI

Maria Walsh (MC), Business Woman and 2014 Rose of Tralee