Open Door Network conference to incorporate student DVD from SAYIT project

This Friday the 20th November the Open Door Network are hosting a conference entitled ‘Crimes against Women and Children’ at the Manor West Hotel in Tralee.

Over 200 delegates are expected to attend this conference and hear speakers:

  • Solicitor Carolanne Coolican
  • Researcher Stephanie Holt
  • Nobuhle Ncube from the African Women’s Network
  • Crime Correspondent and qualified criminologist, Paul Williams

    During this year’s conference we will also hear from Bernie McCarthy, Counselor with the Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre and artist/filmmaker, Lisa Fingelton about their work with St. Michaels College in Listowel.  Students from the school who took part in the SAYIT project (Safety Awareness Youth Information Training) will show a short DVD about their learning experiences from the Course. This is the first time that film-making has been used to capture the experiences of the participants and give them a voice about what they learned and what was challenging.  The filmmaker Lisa Fingelton commented ‘this was a fantastic piece of work and a great medium to work with young people and raise the issue of violence against women and children’.

    Other events iclude an ecumenical service held last Saturday Night in St. James Church in Dingle where the Shadow and Light exhibition was hosted for the weekend.

    Further info contact Catherine or Jo at the Open Door Network –


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