Forthcoming Events

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(1) Post-HUMAN screening and discussion: 18 January, 7pm, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin

As a follow up to the full screening of the movie “HUMAN’ which took place on Wednesday, the 7th of December, World Vision Ireland and the Irish School of Ecumenics will host a post-Human ​screening and discussion on ​Wednesday 18 January, from 7 to 9.30 pm, where the critical issues this powerful movie raises will be explored. Register at or email

(2) AkiDwa launch of the Ireland Chapter of United to End Female Genital Mutilation (UEFGM) online learning tool: 6 February, morning, venue in Dublin City Centre tbc

Over the last 2 years AkiDwA has been a partner in developing the United to END FGM (UEFGM) European Knowledge Platform, a free-of-charge online platform offering information and practical advice to professionals on female genital mutilation (FGM). The project aimed to design and develop a web-based knowledge platform on FGM that would provide easily accessible (and culturally appropriate) information and support to professionals to deliver victim support more effectively, help prevent FGM and protect women and girls living with or at risk of FGM, and serve as a resource and education centre. More importantly, it seeks to improve the public and professional knowledge on FGM to better prevent and address this specific form of violence against women and girls as defined in the Council of Europe Convention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).  

For more information click here.

(3) Action Aid launch of the AFTER Project: 26 January, 10am-12.30pm, venue tbd

You are invited to the launch of the Against FGM Through Empowerment and Rejection (AFTER) Project (co-funded by Action Aid and the EU). The project will be launched by Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh TD, and will feature presentations of the baseline findings of the project. RSVP to by 16th January 2017.

(4) VSO Information Evening for teachers: 18 January, 6pm, VSO Offices, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

The deadline for career break applications for teachers is fast approaching – 1st February 2017. Primary and secondary school teachers who are considering a career break and interested in sharing their skills overseas are invited to attend VSO Ireland’s Meet VSO information evening. This event will feature a short presentation from a member of the VSO team and a recently returned education volunteer. There will plenty of opportunity to ask questions about upcoming volunteering roles and the VSO application and selection process. This event is free but please email or call 01 640 1073 to secure your place now. 

(5) Global Health and the Sustainable Development Goals: Are Health Systems the Key to Universal Health Coverage?: 23 January, 6-8.30pm, Albert Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons, 123, St. Stephen's Green (enter via York Street)

High Level Panel discussion featuring Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund Against AIDS, TB &  Malaria, Dr Agnes Soucat, Director, Dept. of Health Systems Governance & Financing, World Health Organisation (WHO), Prof. Ailish McAuliffe, Professor of Health Systems, University College Dublin (UCD). Facilitated by Prof. Ruairi Brugha, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI). 

All welcome. Please confirm your attendance by 20 January at

(6) Dinit Volunteer Opportunities event 2017: 26 January, 6pm - 8pm, Comhlamh offices, 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

Find out more about volunteer opportunities with Dinit in 2017. 

  • Greece – Thessaloniki: partnered with Elpida Home to supply German speakers; people with experience working with children; building/infrastructure experience

  • Ireland - Support Irish homeless charities

  • Syria/Turkey – Proof reading docs, Conversational English via Skype, writing articles for our consultancy monthly newsletter

Everyone will be required to fund-raise for their specific area. If you require more information then please contact:

(7) #LASCWeds talk: "What in the World?: Whatever Happened to Latin America’s Red Tide?” 25 January, 7pm, city centre venue tbd.

Documentary-maker, researcher and author Peadar King will share experiences and reflections on Latin America from his years of work with communities facing adversity for the ground-breaking 'What in the World?' television series and book by the same name.

More information at

(8) Launch of 80:20 Development in an Unequal World: 27 January, 6pm-8pm, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8

Launch speakers include Dominic McSorley, CEO Concern Worldwide, Valerie Lewis, Education Specialist with Irish Aid, Tony Daly, 80:20 Education and Acting for a Better World. 

RSVP by 20 January to

(9) UCDVO Development Film Series 2017: Monday evenings 30 January - 27 February, 6pm, UCD Cinema, Belfield

We have an exciting line-up of cutting-edge feature documentaries and guest-speakers for the 2017 UCDVO Development Film Series. The series includes 5 topical feature documentary films on subjects relating to development and global justice issues. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with a guest speaker and refreshments. These are free screenings but seats MUST be reserved in advance. Visit our website to view the programme and to reserve your seat.