CollectionNorthern Ireland Women's Coalition
Collection DescriptionThe NIWC was formally wound up in 2006 and the party's archive is now held at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.

File of press releases of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, 11 June 1996-3 September 1998, with additional press releases, no date. For example, a press release entitled 'A NEW VOICE FOR NEW TIMES' stating that 'The N[orthern] I[reland] Women's Coalition was founded on three core principles: Equality, Inclusion, and Respect for Human Rights. These principles informed our position at every stage of the Talks process. We go into the Assembly convinced that these principles are the strongest possible safeguards for ensuring that the Agreement is implemented in accordance with its founding spirit.
We will continue to press for the Agreement's equality and human rights agendas to be defined in the broadest possible way, so that the Assembly truly serves all Northern Ireland's people, regardless of religion and political opinion; gender; race; disability; age; marital status; dependants; and sexual orientation', 30 June 1998.

1 box file of uncatalogued press cuttings relating to the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, 24 April 1996-22 April 1998, with additional cuttings, no date. The majority of the cuttings relate to the Northern Ireland local government elections of May 1997 and include local electioneering leaflets and several electioneering photographs of Northern Ireland Women's Coalition candidates, May 1997.

1 box file of uncatalogued press cuttings relating to the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, 19 October 1995-20 April 1997, with additional cuttings, no date.

4 small folders of minutes of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition:
Folder 1 Labelled 'Constituency Minutes':
Minutes of a meeting of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition in South Belfast, 15 June 1996
A letter to party members regarding expenses, 16 April 1997
An agenda for a meeting to be held at the Fermanagh/South Tyrone Constituency Office, 8 June 1998.
Folder 2 Labelled 'Northern Ireland Women's Coalition Finance and Administration Team Minutes':
9 documents relating to party finance and administration, 14 August 1996-20 March 1997.
Folder 3 Labelled 'Co-ordination Team Minutes':
7 documents relating to party administration, 5 August 1996-19 November 1996.
Folder 4 Labelled 'Northern Ireland Women's Coalition Minutes':
Letters and a programme relating to the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition Conference, 19 October 1996
Minutes and a programme of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition Consultative Conference, 1 February 1997.

1 box containing uncatalogued press cuttings relating to Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, 1998. Some cuttings are filed by month in separate folders, dated February-June 1998 [the earliest cutting in the February file is dated 6 January 1998 and the final cutting in the June folder is dated 15 June 1998]. An additional folder contains press cuttings relating to Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, 1998.

File of minutes of the monthly meetings of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, April 1996-September 1998. The most recent minutes, from November 1997 to the present are held on computer. For example, minutes covering the Northern Ireland Assembly Election of 1998, including reports from Northern Ireland Women's Coalition candidates and a statement on the future development of the party, 4 July 1998.

File of responses and statements made by Northern Ireland Women's Coalition representatives to strands 1-3 of the Northern Ireland talks process. The majority of information is dated 2-21 October 1997, with additional material, no date.

A variety of printed party literature, including, 'Common Cause. The Story of the Northern Ireland's Women's Coalition', 1998; the 'Northern Ireland Women's Coalition Newsletter', 1996 to the present day; party manifestos for the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections, 1998; the party's response to the Government White Paper on Equality, 11 June 1998 are also available.

A useful guide is Monica McWilliams and Avila Kilmurray, 'Athene on the Loose. The origins of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition' in 'Irish Journal of Feminist Studies', volume 2, July 1997, pages 1-21.

AccessWhile generally access to material is open to researchers there may be restrictions on some collections.
Repository NameLinen Hall Library
Address17 Donegall Square North Belfast
UK Postal CodeBT1 5GB
Telephone+44 28-9032-1707
Repository Web Address
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CommentSome of the information listed from this repository has been extracted from lists prepared by Dr Eoin Magennis and we are grateful for his assistance. Where partial or no lists were available staff of the Women's History Project constructed an outline list. It must be remembered that due to time constraints not all items in this repository were examined individually. Many of the items held by the Linen Hall have been digitised and are available online through the Extraordinary Women NI Project.