Equality 17 National Conference

Equality 17
Supporting young people to create a more equal world
Youth Work Ireland ¦ National Consensus Conference 

Royal Hospital Kilmainham 
Saturday October 21st, 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.

Full details for Saturday including day schedule (subject to change), direction and other practical information can be found here>>


Speakers and Contributors 

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone
Senator David Norris
Chief Commissioner Emily Logan, IHREC
Senator Aodhán Ó’Riordán
Vanessa Lacey TENI
Sinead Kane Motivational Speaker & Disability Activist
Senator Fintan Warfield
Mike Allen, Focus Ireland
Youth Work Ireland Equality Crew Members
Liquid Space - IYMAs 2017 Recipient Act



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 Paperless & Powerful 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 Space & ‘TED’ Style talks
We know that young people want to be part of actions and initiatives that support equality and make Ireland a fairer society for all. The Exhibition Space and TED style stage will allow delegates to link in and learn more about key equality issues in Ireland and how they can become more involved.


Creative Fair: Change - Make Creative Fair!
This creative and interactive space facilitated 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

Equality 17 Partners
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. These organisations include NYCI, Migrants Rights Centre Ireland, Involve, Belong To, Irish Wheelchair Association, Educate Together, Equate Ireland, Inclusion Ireland and Youth Action Northern Ireland

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Cost: E70 /E35 (Externals) E350 Group Booking (Youth Work Ireland Members)
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