Irish Feminist Charity to Close Doors
Irish feminist charity Banúlacht has announced that it is to close its doors at the end of March.
An email from Banúlacht's Coordinator, Eileen Smith, states: "We are writing with great sadness to inform you that the Executive Committee of Banúlacht have taken the very difficult decision to close Banúlacht with effect from March 31st. This decision was taken because of a number of factors that have combined to make it impossible to continue to do our work according to our feminist ethos."
The charity blames its closure on a loss of several funding streams and Irish Aid's recent decision to no longer fund campaigning and advocacy work.
"Since its foundation, Banúlacht, in consultation with women’s organisations in Ireland and the global South, has worked to facilitate the engagement of grassroots women and women’s community development organisations in advocating for the realisation of women’s human rights at local, national and international levels. This ethos is defined in our Feminist Principles and our Strategic Plan and underlies all our work—our training, our economic literacy programme, our ExChange programme, the Mná Sasa Manifesto, our conferences and website, our links with organisations such as Kivulini, our participation in networks and alliances, such as the Women’s Human Rights Alliance and our publications. Dependence on Irish Aid, in the absence of other sources of funding that could be used for more critical policy focused work, would effectively require us to abandon the advocacy dimension of the above work and our ethos as a feminist organisation," the email read.
Members are invited to come together on Saturday, 31 March at 3pm, in a Dublin city centre location (venue TBA), to elebrate Banúlacht’s work and to provide a space for you to look at how feminist global solidarity work, and the Mná Sasa Manifesto in particular, can continue.
See www.banulacht.ie for more.