Belfast Political Tour-Women In Conflict
In most conflicts, the involvement of women is largely ignored or not well known, the recent Northern Irish conflict is no different. As violence raged across the city, the backbone of the community was the women of Belfast. This is the true and uncensored story of the women of Ireland in the recent Conflict. A living history.
As many struggled to raise their families in an increasingly violent environment, massive unemployment, social deprivation, and high rates of poverty controlling their daily lives, others consciously chose to directly involve themselves in the conflict. This is an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of those troubled times from a woman’s perspective. Meet with a local female to explore the streets of West Belfast, stop at world-famous murals and learn the stories behind them and, immerse yourself in the recent history of the conflict and the aftermath from a female perspective.
Hear about the breaking of the Falls Road curfew by the determined local women who challenged the might of the British Army, the women, and children who died as a result of the use of rubber and plastic bullets. Visit the Republican Museum and experience the conditions in Armagh women’s Gaol cell, from the physical and mental abuse suffered by those incarcerated under the Diplock court system, the Hunger strikes, the No-Wash Protest’ and the transition to civilian life on release. Some returned to family life, some entered politics, and others returned to their former lives.
On this tour, we will visit Divis Tower, The Lower Falls area, the Bobby Sands Mural, The Lower Falls Memorial Garden, The Clonard district, The International Wall, Rubber Bullets Victim Memorial, and The Republican Museum.
The personal stories shared by our guides, who lived in the locality and share their own experiences will captivate you and expose the tenacity of the female population and the rigors of everyday life during the 30 years of the conflict. The cross-community work before and after the Peace Process by the women of both communities is inspirational under such challenging conditions and presents the peaceful, positive shared future that the mothers, wives, and daughters have longed for is now a reality.