Youth Work Ireland National Consensus Conference 2017

Equality 17
Supporting young people to create a more equal world

Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
Saturday 21st October, 2017


About this Event

Equality 17 Consensus Conference is the highlight of a year-long campaign to support young people to become involved in actions and initiatives that build equality and make Ireland a fairer society for all. The conference will bring together expert speakers, equality based organisations and will provide a space for delegates to learn, connect and get involved in issues that affect them, through practice based workshops, TED style talks, an exhibition space, creative fair, entertainment and much more.

Target Audience
This event is open to young people and those working with young people, who want to become more active in supporting equality in Ireland. It will also be of benefit to those who support youth involvement in equality, and those involved in equality issues who want to engage with young people.


Speakers at Equality 17

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone

Senator David Norris

Senator David Norris

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner, Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission

Senator Aodhán Ó'Riordán

Sinead Kane, Motivational Speaker & Disability Advocate

Vanessa Lacey, TENI

Senator Fintan Warfield

mike allen; focus ireland

Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland


Young Powerful and Paperless Youth Group
Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

liquid space group, irish youth music awards recipients

Liquid Space, IYMAs Recipients, 2017

more to be confirmed...

Workshops at Equality '17

We will have a number of interactive and practice based workshops at Equality 17 that focus in on specific issues of equality

Disability Awareness workshop
This interactive workshop facilitated by the Irish Wheelchair Association will support participants to build awareness around issues of disability.

Work to Learn
This workshop will introduce the Work to Learn job experience programme for young people. The programme employs a youth work approach to support marginalised young people in developing self-esteem, finding pathways to work and strengthening their engagement in mainstream education.

Status Toolkit Workshop
This workshop will introduce participants to the STATUS Toolkit, a resource which enables youth workers to facilitate greater engagement with young travellers and understand the needs of one of the most marginalised groups of young people in Ireland.

Influencing Social Change through Action
This workshop is facilitated by the Young Powerful & Paperless youth group (Migrants Rights Centre Ireland) and will demonstrate how young people can advocate for social change. The YPP group will outline the work they have done on their campaign for change, and show how they can be transferable to other young people and other social issues

Exhibition & 'TED' Style Space at Equality '17

We know that young people want to be part of actions and intiatives that support equality and make Ireland a more just society for all. The exhibtion space will allow young people link in and learn more about how they can get involved by linking in with partner organisations who have expertise in equality.

Creative Fair: Change - Make Creative Fair!

This creative and interactive space facilitated by Crawford College of Art & Design will provide delegates with the chance to try out arts based tools for campaigns and awareness raising, such as: Badge-making- Make a button badge using collage text and image to share a message or start a conversation. Stencil-making – This can be used on a big or small scale, useful for street art, chalking messages, or repeating text of T-shirts bags, etc. Chalkboard poster - Learn some simple design and drawing techniques to make a vintage chalk board style poster to draw attention to your campaign. Create a Meme - Combine text and photo images to share a message on social media. Stop Motion - Bring messages to life with Stop motion and share on social media. Creative Writing & Magnetic Poetry - Play with words to think creatively about how to encourage others to reflect about the justice/ equality issues that concern you

Partners at Equality '17

Equality 17 has linked in with key partner organisations in Ireland who have expertise in specific equality issues facing young people. These organisations will be present on the day to highlight the key issues that they are campaigning on.





more partners to be announced..


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