There was much energy in the room, as women from interface communities across Belfast gathered to watch a movie about their journey of coming together; their quest to have their voices heard.
Seventy women from 11 communities took part in this Belfast Interface Project. They’ve been meeting together for months, first separately, then together to dream of and call for change in Belfast.
For Gloria, who’s 70, this was the first time she’d taken part in a cross community project & she says it’s been life altering.
“We’re realising we can have a voice and we must have it together,” she enthuses.
“It’s made such a change to me. You’re accepted how you are – where you thought you wouldn’t be. Now I’ve had to get to the age I am now – which is over 70 – to find that out…”
Many of the women who took part told us they want to pass on different ways of thinking to their daughters and the next generation, so that the city becomes a freer place.
Ella from the Short Strand believes that the project is only a starting point.
“It’s not that women hate other communities – it’s just that we haven’t been sure of each other because of the conflict,” she reflects.
“I think that’s been a big wedge that we now need to break down & get on with changing things.”