Bronagh Hinds is a consultant with interests in equality, democracy and governance and a Senior Associate with DemocraShe, an organisation she co-founded ten years ago in the wake of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement to advance women’s leadership in politics, civic society and peace-building at home and abroad. She previously held posts in Queen’s University (as a Senior Fellow), in the voluntary sector and has been active on gender and other matters at European and international level. Bronagh is a Member of the Local Government Staff Commission and a partner in the Women in Local Councils initiative to advance women in local government. She sits on the Gender Advisory Panel of the Office of the First and deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland.
A former Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Bronagh led the introduction of the statutory duties on equality and good relations. She was a founder of the Women’s Coalition, involved in negotiation of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. More recently she has engaged in development and peace-building initiatives with Iraqis, Liberians, Timorese, Columbians among others. She sits on the Board of the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation and the Joint Management Committee of the Irish Peace Centres. She is a Board member of the Institute of British Irish Studies at University College Dublin and an Honorary Senior Practitioner at Queen’s University Belfast.
Bronagh co-authored: ‘Affirmative Action in Northern Ireland’, Race and Inequality: World Perspectives on Affirmative Action, Ashgate Press, 2006; Checks, Balances and Safeguards in local government; and Women and the Review of Public Administration, both in 2005 and available on www.archive.rpani.gov.uk.
Bronagh was awarded UK Woman of Europe in 1998 and the International Women's Democracy Centre Global Democracy Award in 2002.
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