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Wednesday 18 January 2023

Start times: 9:00am (private) 9:30am (public)

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Commons Committee in Belfast for sessions on effect of paramilitary activity on women, and cost of living

Meeting details

At 9:30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The effect of paramilitary activity and organised crime on society in Northern Ireland
Good Relations Co-Ordinator at Women’s Resource and Development Agency
Regional Services Manager at Women’s Aid Federation NI
Research and Policy Officer at Women’s Support Network
At 10:30am: Oral evidence
Work Cost of Living in Northern Ireland (Non-inquiry session)
Lecturer in Law at Ulster University
Equality Officer at Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Policy and Casework Official at NASUWT - The Teachers' Union

The Committee takes evidence in dual sessions at Stormont examining women’s experiences of paramilitary activity and organised crime in Northern Ireland and the cost of living crisis in NI.

Paramilitary links are being used as a means of coercive control over women who are victims and survivors of domestic abuse according to written submissions by women’s groups whose representatives will be witnesses at the session. Domestic abuse in NI is at its highest reported level since records began in 2004/05. Specialist domestic abuse organisations have also warned that the cost of living crisis is making it harder for women to escape domestic abuse.

The Committee will ask a second panel of trade union and academic representatives about women’s experiences of rising costs in Northern Ireland. Witnesses will also be invited to give their views on the impact of problems in getting the UK Government’s energy support to billpayers in Northern Ireland.


Stormont, Committee Room 30