About the NCCWN                                                   


The vision of the NCCWN is a just and equal society for women.

The mission of the NCCWN is to empower and support community-based women who experience disadvantage and marginalisation as a result of barriers to participation and lack of opportunities. This will be achieved by our women’s projects bringing about positive and sustainable changes to their lives and society using collective action and feminist approaches, with an emphasis on policy and challenging structures, attitudes and behaviours that marginalise women

The NCCWN works from two core perspectives – feminism and community development. These perspectives permeate all the work of the NCCWN.
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Who we are

The National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) was established as a national organisation in 2002. The rationale for the organisation was to enable women experiencing disadvantage, to network and have a voice in national policy developments. This consolidated many years of informal feminist networking and information sharing in the women’s community sector, dating back to the 1990s.
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15Years In Operation
17Projects Nationwide
46Staff Members


NCCWN ‘Steps For Women Programme’ is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.  The Programme aims to build marginalised women’s capacity to engage fully in training  /employment with supports.  Outcomes for women include:

  • Identification and Engagement
  • Pre Development: Personal development and capacity building element
  • Participation: Foster women’s development and engagement in civil society to support women’s equality
  • Training: Deliver workplace transferable skills
  • Progression: Direction/Guidance/Planning/Pathways
  • Supports for women


The programme is being delivered in the following areas:




Rita Harte

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

Sharon Perry


Valerie McHugh

North Leitrim

Assumpta Kelly


Vivienne Glanville

South Kerry

Cathy McKeefry


Sinead Mahon


For more information on NCCWN, you can contact the Women’s Community Projects NCCWN Project Coordinator or visit the NCCWN Website.