WOMEN’STEC is a partner member of the Women’s Regional Consortium – a consortium that works to support Women in disadvantaged rural and urban areas.

The Consortium consists of seven established Women’s Sector organisations that are committed to working in partnership with each other, government, statutory organisations and women’s organisations, centres and groups working in disadvantaged and rural areas to ensure that organisations working for women are given the best possible support in the work they do in tackling disadvantage and social exclusion.

The seven groups are:

•   Training for Women Network (TWN)
•   Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA)
•   Women’s Support Network (WSN)
•   Northern Ireland’s Rural Women’s Network (NIRWN)
•   Women’s Centre Derry (WCD)
•   Foyle Women’s Information Network (FWIN)

The Consortium will be the established link and strategic partner between government and statutory agencies and women in disadvantaged and rural areas (D&RA) including all groups, centres and organisations delivering essential frontline services, advice and support. The Consortium will ensure that there is a continuous two way flow of information between government and the sector. It will ensure that organisations/centres & groups are made aware of consultations, government planning and policy implementation. In turn the Consortium will ascertain the views, needs and aspirations of women in D&RA and take these views forward to influence policy development and future government planning which will ultimately result in the empowerment of local women in disadvantaged and rurally isolated communities.