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International Women's Week 2011 - A Century Celebration

7th-11 March, Trinity College Dublin

The Equality Officer in Trinity College Dublin announced the programme of events for International Women's Week 2011 which ran from Monday 7th to Friday 11th March.

International Women’s Week 2011 marks a Century’s celebration of International Women’s Day.

Events including talks, debates, poetry readings, music and fitness activities were organized and supported by staff and students in Trinity College Dublin: The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Dublin University Gender Equality Society, The Irish Language Office, the Graduate Students’ Union and Students’ Union, the School of Religions and Theology and the Sports Centre.

See the full International Women's Week Programme.

Removing Pain - Beth Moyses performance for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Thursday 25 November 2010

The Equality Office, in association with curators Roisin Russell and Lourdes Viso Ripoll and Women's Aid, hosted a live performance by international Brazilian artist Beth Moysés, especially created to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (See Event Brochure). This event is supported by the College Equality Fund.

Removing Pain took place on the 25th November with the participation of twenty women volunteers who made a procession across campus from the Atrium to Physics Square. See press release for Removing Pain.

The performance has resulted in the donation of a permanent public artwork to the College's Modern Art Collection, coinciding with its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Beth Moysés has a long international trajectory working on the theme of domestic violence in a variety of media - often using group performances, photography and video or 'art objects'. Choosing a metaphorical and often dreamlike approach to investigate such a sensitive subject, her work becomes poetry written with images, inspired by women across the world, who have decided to convert their experiences through creativity and continue their lives on a positive path. A crucial aspect of Moysés work is the sense of possibility, strength and hope with which it is imbued.

The event was open to all students, staff and members of the public, followed by a small reception in the Atrium kindly provided by Sabor Brazil..

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was established in 1999 by the UN Assembly, concerned that violence against women was an endemic and pressing global issue and an obstacle to the achievement of equality, development and peace. The UN encourages NGOs and other organizations around the world to organize activities to raise awareness on this issue on this day. Research carried out by Women's Aid indicates that in Ireland 1 in 5 women have experienced violence from a current or former partner.

For further information please contact the Equality Officer.

About Beth Moyses

View some of Beth Moysés' artwork

Moysés has exhibited widely across the Americas, in Spain and China; this includes Veiled Recollections, on International Women’s Day at the Fundacion Arteria, Bogota, Colombia (2010), Fear, culminating in a work of art being buried in the Artists Cemetery in Morille, Spain (2009), And Pass, at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain (2008), Lecho Rojo, at the ARCO Art Fair 2008 in Madrid, Spain with the Galeria Fernando Pradilla and Between-Reds at the Galeria Adora Calvo in Salamanca, Spain (2007). Her work features in numerous collections, including those of the Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Spain, the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain, the 21C Museum, Kentucky, USA, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Madrid, Spain and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, São Paulo, Brazil. In 1996 she was awarded an Acquisition Prize from UNAMA in Belém, Brazil.

Aracy Amaral 'Beth Moysés: What is the Power of Art?' text version

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Positive Ageing Week 2010

College celebrated Positive Ageing Week from 27 September to 2 October 2010.

Positive Ageing week is a national campaign organized by Age Action to promote a society in which people of all ages enjoy the same status and rights.

During the week staff and students could choose from doing a tour of the TILDA health assessment centre, Sports Centre activities or gardening for Positive Ageing Week at St Odin's Wood with the Civic Engagement Office. Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator at TILDA, also participated in the RTE documentary The End of Ageing, which was aired during Positive Ageing Week and has received very positive commentary.

Holding Together

A special tour of the 'Holding Together' exhibition celebrating 50 years of modern art at Trinity College was held for retired staff. The event received a great response, with an additional tour having to be scheduled to satisfy demand, and over 60 people attending. The tours were facilitated by the Curator of the College Art Collection, Catherine Giltrap, and the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Feedback from participants was very positive, with many welcoming the opportunity to stay involved in College activities and to keep in touch with former colleagues. The tour of the exhibition provided an enjoyable opportunity to explore the history of the College's Modern Art Collection and the contribution made by Prof George Dawson. Pictures of the event can be viewed in the gallery.

College Art Collections

Gardening for Positive Ageing Week


The garden of Odin's Wood Day Care Centre in Finglas needs a little work. The centre caters for people aged 67 to 97 who pay a nominal fee for a variety of services from providing personal care (i.e. showering/bathing etc, chiropody), hairdressing, meals and social stimulation. Activities include painting, arts and crafts, bingo, quizzes and occasional day trips. Transport to and from the day centre is also provided for it members. We planted, power hosed, cut grass, weeded and generally got stuck in. No “green fingers” but lots of enthusiasm was fine by us! It’s was hands on deck for the full day and all gardening materials equipment, soup and sandwiches were included. All you needed were gloves and bus fare. To see photos of TCD Volunteers at work in Odin’s Wood last year, check out


The National Day of Volunteering is a unique initiative that concentrates on hands-on involvement and offers volunteers an immediate sense of achievement. Give it a Swirl is all about giving you a small taste of volunteering through a once-off local project. There is no obligation to commit to anything beyond that but you just might discover a real passion for volunteering and decide to get involved further- either way, it's totally up to you. This is a brilliant way to get to know new people, learn a bit about the community and have some fun while getting practical work done for charities and community organisations in need. It’s a win-win situation.


Paula Bermingham of Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older People said that "The volunteers were a fantastic group of people who were friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic and not a bit afraid of hard work. On behalf of myself and the members of the Day Care Centre I would like to thank you most sincerely for all the hard work and good humour giving our garden a make over on Saturday. Your team were a delight to work with". The members said "It was beautiful to arrive to such an abundance of colour in the garden this morning". The makeover has given both the garden and members a great life. View photos.

Tour of TILDA: supporting health and successful ageing

The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) was launched in November 2006 to study a representative cohort of at least 8,000 people, aged 50 and over and resident in Ireland, charting their health, social and economic circumstances over a 10-year period. To develop an environment for ageing well, we need to characterise the older Irish citizen and explore factors which determine successful ageing. The research carried out by TILDA will help ensure that Ireland meets the needs and choices of its older citizens in a personalized and positive environment.

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Sports Centre activities

Get active to celebrate Positive Ageing Week in College. The following classes were available free of charge.

Tuesday 28th September : 1-2pm Yoga

Wednesday 29th September: 1 - 1.45pm Core works

Thursday 30th September: 1 - 2pm Keiser class (Exclusive to positive ageing group)

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College Equality Policy launch

April 2011

Trinity College Dublin launches its new Equality Policy approved by Board. The College aims to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality and values diversity.

The Equality Policy is a composite policy comprising staff, student and service user equality issues within the framework provided by the Employment Equality Acts, Equal Status Acts and Disability Act.

The purpose of the Equality policy is to outline Trinity College Dublin’s commitment to promoting equality in all aspects of the College’s activity: employment, education and service provision; and to detail how these commitments will be implemented.

The policy is relevant to all staff, students, service users and members of the College community and details roles and responsibilities in its implementation. Particular attention is drawn to the additional commitments included in this policy to ensure inclusive and non-discriminatory service provision.

The Employment Equality Acts 1998-2010 and Equal Status Acts 2000-2010 prohibit direct and indirect discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment and victimisation in relation to nine equality grounds: gender, family status, civil status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, ethnicity and membership of the Traveller community.

The Equality policy has been developed under the direction of the College Equality Committee following consultation with a range of College student services and administrative areas, senior management and student representatives. The Equality Policy replaces the Access and Equality Policy, the Equal Opportunity Policy and the Equal Employment Opportunity and the Selection of Staff guidelines.

Find out more about the Equality Policy

Equality Fund 2010-2011 Projects Announced

The College Equality Fund 2010-2011 has selected 16 staff and student projects for funding in 2010-2011.

Selected Projects

  1. NIID VDP Collaboration
  2. Transition Me to Trinity
  3. Being a student with Asperger's Syndrome in university
  4. Multi Sport Family Fun Day
  5. Accessible Campus
  6. Trinity's R.A.C.E. for Mental Health
  7. Improving equal participation in Nursing programmes
  8. An Accident - a Play
  9. The Ghost in the Library
  10. Role of women in Irish Society - publication
  11. Removing Pain - a performance by Beth Moyses
  12. Between the lines: Trinity College reaches the margins
  13. Scholars at Risk Speaker Series
  14. Suas/JRS Refugee Football Programme
  15. Santa's Grotto
  16. Whip it up! Parents' Cookery courses

More information on Equality Fund Projects

Equality Newsletter

September 2010

The new Equality Newsletter is now available to download here. Find out about the Equality Fund projects and upcoming events.

Equality Newsletter (PDF)

The newsletter is available in paper copy and alternative formats, to request contact