9th March 2016

Pupils celebrate its International Women’s Day at Titanic Belfast

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Over 150 young women gathered, alongside industry leaders, at Titanic Belfast’s annual International Women’s Day (8th March) celebrations, which was sponsored by Titanic Foundation.

This is the third time Titanic Belfast has hosted ‘Inspire’ celebrations which aims to inspire young women to be leaders within their own spheres of influence and to contribute to the advancement of women around the world.

The event, which is now an established event on the Titanic Belfast calendar, has had significant speakers over the years, ranging from students, achievers in business to charity activists, including young Apprentice star Maria Doran as well as former First Citizen of Belfast and MP Naomi Long.

This year, pupils were introduced to UTV’s Denise Watson, Magda Ruszkowska-Cieslak, Programme Director – Habitat for Humanity Poland, Sara Booth, Women’s Football Coordinator at the Irish Football Association, Linda Irvine, Irish Language Development Officer in East Belfast and Katie Richardson, singer and body image advocate.

Each spoke to the pupils around International Women’s Day’s theme ’Pledge for Parity’ and encouraged effective action for advancing and recognising women and greater equality.
Siobhán McCartney, Titanic Belfast’s Learning and Outreach Manager, commented, “We are delighted to host our third Inspire Conference to mark International Women’s Day! Over the years, with sponsor, Titanic Foundation, we have now welcomed over 400 young women from over schools and colleges across Northern Ireland!  At Titanic Belfast, we are proud and passionate about education outside the classroom and hope that this event has sparked new ideas, enterprise and passion amongst young women who can now inspire to be leaders in their own spheres and contribute to the advancement of women locally and nationally!”

Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive of Titanic Foundation Limited, event sponsor and the charity set-up to oversee the development of Titanic Belfast and who preserve Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage, said: “We are delighted to sponsor and open the Inspire conference. This year’s theme is ‘Pledge for Parity’ and we want to encourage and help women and girls achieve their ambitions, each of us can be a leader within our own homes, schools, workplaces and communities and we can all commit to doing our part.  This year’s event has been another resounding success.”

In addition to the Inspire Conference, Titanic Belfast will host a community exhibition from 8th March to 31st March, illustrating impressions of gender parity.

The event is just one of Titanic Belfast’s Learning team’s offering. Its education programme is recognised as a leading learning resource nationally and has welcomed over 90,000 participants since opening in 2012.  It now offers a total of eight workshops and two guided tours and was recently awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2015, joining leading historic houses, museums, galleries, such as Hampton Court Palace, Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol and Edinburgh Castle.

Titanic Belfast’s Learning Programme is supported by the Survitec Group, a leading manufacturer of marine, defense and aerospace survival technology. It has been working with Titanic Belfast as its education partner since 2014. For more information on Learning at Titanic Belfast, visit www.titanicbelfast.com/learning.