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For over 20 years, Comhlámh’s First Wednesdays  (#FirstWeds) series has provided a space to discuss and explore the linkages between local and global justice issues. Join the conversation!

FIRST WEDNESDAYS CONVERSATIONS

For over 20 years, Comhlámh’s First Wednesdays (#FirstWeds) series has provided a space to discuss and explore the linkages between local and global justice issues.

At each, contributors from across the Global South and Global North come together to inform, inspire and encourage the audience to develop a deeper awareness of our interdependent world.

The sessions link to pressing themes such as climate justice, migration and democracy, with speakers offering nuanced and wide-ranging insights into how these are affecting people and the planet in different ways.

We are grateful to Concern Worldwide for their ongoing financial support, which enables us to offer this series to the public, and to Maynooth University Department of International Development for their partnership in hosting the series.

Keep an eye out on our news page for the next First Wednesdays dates and join the conversation!

First Wednesdays conversations

WATCH PAST FIRST WEDNESDAYS EVENTS

In case you missed it

Our #FirstWeds Spring Series held in mind Ukrainians and people of other countries ridden by war and conflict, who have been forced to leave their homes and cross borders in search of safety.

What are some practical ways to extend support and solidarity from Ireland? And, as we extend this support and solidarity, how can we grow our understanding of the geopolitical contexts within which such calamitous events unfold? Moreover, how can we, from here in Europe, ensure a move beyond fortressed border policies and uphold our welcome to all people in need of refuge?

In the company of panellists from Europe’s East and beyond we want to deepen our understanding of the drivers of the conflict and migration we are witnessing, and challenge the dualities of attitudes towards refugees. We also aimed (with some urgency) to consider the many ways we can be in solidarity with communities seeking refuge from war, violence and oppression in 2022, and with those supporting them on this dangerous journey.

Watch the series below.

#FIRSTWEDS AUTUMN 2021 SERIES:
‘COPING WITH COP’

In autumn 2021, with COP26 as a backdrop, our #FirstWeds series was dedicated to the climate crisis. In the lead-up to and throughout COP26, there was much discussion and debate about targets, policies to be enacted, commitments to be made but also a sense that more than all this is needed. Drawing in youth, elders, and community activist voices our autumn #FirstWeds series included discussions infused with clarity, honesty, and sobriety as well as direction for the kind of system-wide transformation that is needed.

Watch the series below.

#FIRSTWEDS AUTUMN 2020

Watch the #FirstWeds events held between September and November 2020 below.

#FIRSTWEDS SPRING-SUMMER 2020

Watch the #FirstWeds events held between May and July 2020 below.

FIRST WEDNESDAYS PARTNERS

#FirstWeds events are organised in partnership with the Maynooth University Department of International Development and with the financial support of Concern Worldwide for which we are most grateful.

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