The Inez McCormack Fund in memory of the renowned Derry trade unionist and human rights activist is being launched this afternoon (Sat) at a special event in the Elmwood Hall in Belfast.
The Fund will support the work of the pioneering and highly commended Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) organisation, which was established by Inez in 2006. PPR provides support to local disadvantaged communities and groups in using a rights-based approach to change the social and economic inequalities and deprivation they face.
The celebration event will be attended by over 200 guests, including Inez’s family, representatives from the trade union movement and a number of dignitaries such as Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and recently appointed UN Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
Triple Academy award-winning actress Meryl Streep who portrayed Inez in the documentary play SEVEN, which tells the personal stories of Inez and six other women who triumphed over enormous obstacles to create major positive change in their home countries, will also pay tribute to Inez at the Newsweek and Daily Beast’s 2013 Women in the World Summit in New York on Thursday 4 April.
Ms Streep has also made a significant donation to the Inez McCormack Fund.
Nicola Browne, Director (Policy) of PPR discusses: “We have been honoured to receive a significant donation to the Inez McCormack Fund from Meryl Streep, alongside a series of other generous donations from supporters of Inez’s work. Inez’s life revolved around recognising the dignity of those who were more accustomed to being sidelined and ignored. The Inez McCormack Fund will support PPR in its work to give voice to those who, 15 years after the Good Friday Agreement, are still excluded from the benefits of the peace.”
Inez, who passed away on 21 January, following a short illness, was the first female President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. An unrelenting activist for the equality provisions outlined in the Good Friday Agreement, in the 1980’s, Inez was also a signatory to the historic MacBride Principles, a corporate code of conduct for US com