An initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
The Y Factor project is an the youth initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, aimed at empowering young people (in the 16-25 year age-group) to be leaders for women’s equality.
The project has a number of core actions planned to achieve that aim:
The Y Factor team comprises of Laura Maloney, The Y Factor Development Worker, and a Steering Group that is currently made up of young women under the age of 25. The project is located within National Women’s Council of Ireland and will integrate its work within the overall strategic direction of NWCI.
NWCI is a membership organisation concerned with achieving equality between women and men in Ireland. It has approximately 170 members of whom the vast majority are women’s organisations. In recent years, the NWCI has noticed an increase in the number of younger feminist organisations, some of whom who have sought support from or to work with NWCI. Schools and universities have also been approaching NWCI to ask them to provide information to young women; and NWCI has always provided trainging opportunities which are availed of by talented young women who bring specific insights and experience to their work within NWCI. In 2011 the organisation held national discussions with young women about their interests in women’s equality, in feminism and what support young feminists need. As a result, it sought funding to establish a project that specifically sets out to support young women and men in to become active and advocate for women’s equality.