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“From the cradle to the grave, many aspects of public policy (in Northern Ireland) can be found wanting”. Speaking after viewing an artist’s 'female equality exhibition', Geraldine McGahey, Chief Commissioner, Equality Commission strongly advised  senior politicians to listen and start making changes NOW.

Lise McGreevy’s ‘I Am Woman’ collection is currently being hosted at Castlewellen Library until the end of January.

The exhibition is being hosted simultaneously at Castlewellan Library and also at The Engine Room Gallery in Belfast.

McGreevy said "I am delighted to be hosting in the town and with Libraries NI. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming.”

She added: “But more fundamentally, with the #MeToo and #BlackLifeMatters. Also; the incredible increase in social depravity, hate crime and domestic violence during these pandemic time. Female equality is a vitally important, core message to be promoting and supporting across our community.”

Women under-represented

Speaking about the exhibition Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mason said: “Women are key to the fabric of our society and the day to day working of our world.

“Yet, we still see women disproportionately under-represented in areas such as education; employment and leadership. No doubt women are also disproportionately affected by austerity including the cuts to Universal Credit and cuts to public sector jobs.

“Over the last 2 years as we have battled through a global pandemic, women across the world have been decimated with the worst effects of COVID-19 including health and the rise in domestic violence during periods of long isolation.”

She added: “We have seen pre-existing inequalities deepening and the exposing of vulnerabilities in our social, political and economic systems.

“Here in the North, we have seen inequalities perpetuated due to the lack of a Bill of Rights with Socio-economic Rights.

“It is sad that still today, women continue to face long standing structural inequalities that push more women out of employment and into a state of economic deadlock.

Agreeing with Cl Mason, Lise said: “What the councillor says is so true. So passionate am I to keep female equality high on the public agenda. It is the focus of the creation and touring of this exhibition. It is at the core of my ‘I Am Woman’ Arts and Cultural Programme.”

She added: “I am focused on promoting all forms of equality and diversity in Northern Ireland.”

Reaching out

Lise’s ‘I Am Woman’ programme was first launch in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, in September. The Minister of Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon and MLA and other VIPs at the launch. It is the third of the artist’s equality/diversity programmes to be sponsored by MLAs and hosted therein.

But the work that Lise does is not focused at just reaching the ear of politicians.

She said: “My personal agenda is more about reaching out and spreading the necessity for equality, in all formats. In all walks of our society, from both a ground level up and top down.

“I feel that we all have a moral responsibility, when it comes to supporting and promoting female, and other, equality here in NI. For; if we don’t work together, then nothing changes.”

“My programmes are embracing, not preaching. They aim to break down the differences we have as a society. By promoting better knowledge, tolerance and understanding.”

She added: “The laws that govern us all, especially those written in relation to females, do definitely need to change for equality to happen.

“But equally. We, as a society, also have to encourage change from the ground level up. Educating our young people and changing adult preconceived perceptions are also so important.

“Boys and girls, men and women. We are all individuals, who should be treated fairly and equally. By law, and by society in general.”

Agreeing with Lise, Geraldine McGahey said: “Our equality legislation in NI provides a framework to tackle and prevent discrimination. With the right to equality comes responsibility – a responsibility to ensure that everyone else can enjoy that same right.”

She added: “However, too many view those equality grounds in isolation, but each of us have multiple identities – we are women, yes, but there are other aspects that also describe us – we also fall under other equality grounds or descriptors.”

Addressing politicians throughout the country, she added: “I would encourage each of you to consider how you as an individual, and we as a collective, can exercise that responsibility more fully.”

A stronger more equal society

Picking up that gauntlet, Clr Mason said: “I am committed to tackling gender inequality and work hard to create a new Ireland that places women’s rights at its core.

“My own party colleague Emma Sheerin MLA is working on a Private Member’s Bill on Gender Budgeting which would be intersectional and place women’s equality at the centre of budgeting decisions within any Executive Department.”

She added: “I will continue to work hard to promote women within our society; support young women and girls and work hard to create a stronger more equal and inclusive society.”

According to Lise,“Many of the arcaded ‘women are lesser that men’ viewpoints still reign widely across all sectors of our society today. So often these been handed down from one generation to the next”.

She said: “It is therefore important to engage and stand up for change now. Otherwise, females will continue to be treated as second class citizens in Northern Ireland, for generations to come.

“Both males and females have so much to give our society. In order for a fairer, more democratic society to exist. Females should always be treated equally at all levels.

“After all, it is women who make up the majority of the adult population in this country.”

Lise’s art collection and programme “aims to support and promote female equality and diversity across race, religion, sexual orientations”.

She said: “By stripping away their differences, I have instead focused on the complex emotions that are felt by all females. This body of work celebrates the humanism and psychological dexterity of us all, both individually and as a gender sector.

“Working as an individual to support equality for both males and females is wonderful.

“But, by working together to achieve it as a society. Then we are invincible and real change can happen.”

She added: “This is especially relevant during these unprecedented, pandemic times. Where the glass ceiling still remains almost permanently unbroken.

“More importantly, domestic abuse has increased horrendously, behind shut doors during the18 months of lockdown.

“Hate crimes are also still high on the agenda across all section too. What are we as a society showing the next generation?

“We all have a part to play. In making the changes needed, to help our young people; grow up in a more inclusive, equal and diverse Northern Ireland.”

Lise’s 'I Am Woman' collection encompasses both compassion for women, as well as promotes ‘confident’, ‘fearless’ women who ‘push boundaries.

Lise's Projects

This is Lise’s third project to be showcased at Parliament Buildings. All three programmes have gained invaluable support from politicians, in the North and South of the border, including Bertie Ahern. She has even met briefly with the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs and also Tanaiste, Leo Vadakar, when he was Taoiseach.

The remaining two programmes, PEACE AND RECONCILE, promotes peace and a shared future here in NI. The other, LEST WE FORGEt, is an ode to all those who fell (civilians and armed forces) throughout the country, during WW1/2 and in warfare that followed.

Lise said: “My art practice main focus is on current affairs and human interest issues that relate to Northern Ireland and Ireland. She has just created a short film promoting climate change in NI. This shall run at the core of her latest arts project, THE END IS NIGH. Lise has already gained interest in the adult and children workshops she has outlined for 2022 for both programmes.

“At the request of Director of Libraries NI, Adrienne Adair, I have just sent a proposal through to host my ‘I Am Woman’ collection and its workshop in libraries across NI. It would be wonderful is this manifest into a reality in 2022/23.”

All of Lise programmes include facilitating art and cultural workshops for local business and organisations, schools and public bodies. These promote equality and diversity and other current affairs and human interest issues affecting the people of NI. Where needed, they also create safe spaces for people to talk about issues that matter in our society. Anyschool or business interested in hosted Lise’s exhibitions and/or workshops, please email LiseMcGreevyPhotographic@gmail.com

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