International Women's Day


About The Event

This year, to celebrate International Women’s Day, on the 8th of March, Muslim Sisters of Éire hosted the annual conference, titled: ‘Unstoppable: love in the time of pandemic’


Be inspired to break the mould and make a change! Listen to the voices of women tirelessly making a difference in their communities. This will awaken you to make a difference. Begin a journey to enrich the purpose of your life by improving someone else’s life.


You will learn from the experiences of active Muslim women on how to get involved in community projects and the importance of making your mark, even when the going gets tough. The event is also aimed at opening a channel of communication between an increasingly diverse Ireland.

Key Speakers

Helen McEntee TD

Minister for Justice

Helen McEntee TD is the Minister for Justice. She was appointed to this role in June 2020.
She previously served on the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, and was also a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.


Eileen Flynn


Eileen Flynn is an Irish Independent politician who has served as a Senator since June 2020, after being nominated by the Taoiseach.

Her background is in community development and activism on behalf of Irish Travellers. In June 2020, Taoiseach Micheál Martin appointed Flynn to Seanad Éireann, the Irish Senate.She is the first Traveller to serve in the Oireachtas.

Lorraine O'Connor

Co-founder, Muslim Sisters of Eire

Born and raised in County Dublin. She is a dedicated wife and mother of four amazing daughters and a grandmother of three beautiful children. She embraced Islam  in 2004 and has been serving both the Muslim community and wider Irish society eversince. She is the chairperson of Muslim Sisters of Eire, an organisation established in 2010, that has provided support and advocacy in many areas including humanitarian aid, poverty relief, interfaith activities, integration and diversity.

Roderic O'Gorman TD

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Roderic O'Gorman TD is the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. He was appointed to this role in June 2020. Roderic was elected to represent the Dublin West constituency in the 2020 general election. Prior to being elected to Dáil Éireann, he served on Fingal County Council, having been first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2019, representing the Green Party/ Comhaontas Glas.
He has also served on the board of management of five schools.


Mary Lou McDonald TD

Leader of Sinn Féin and Teachta Dála for the Dublin Central constituency.

Mary Lou is Leader of Sinn Féin and Teachta Dála for the Dublin Central constituency. She is proud to represent the people of Dublin Central where she has a reputation for hard work and championing the needs of her constituency both locally and nationally. She was an MEP for Dublin from 2004 to 2009 and during her time in the European Parliament Mary Lou was a prominent member of the Employment and Social Affairs committee and Civil Liberties committee.


Yara Algaha

Parliamentary Assistant to the Civil Engagement Group

Yara is Palestinian. She completed her Master's in Public Affairs and Political Communications from TUD in 2020. As part of her Master's, she did research around the Muslim community's engagement in politics in Ireland. She is now working as a parliamentary assistant to the Civil Engagement Group which is made up of four Independent female Senators including Eileen Flynn. She works on different policy areas like Education, Brexit, Children, Disability, Equality & Integration. She also volunteers with different organisations like Amal Association that works on improving conditions for migrants in Ireland

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