The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Event Details

Whiden Tolie Symposium

Monday, 3rd of November 2014 (09:30 – 16:30) @ Bailey Allen, NUI Galway

Symposium Theme: Creating the Conditions for Engagement: A call for substantive Equality for the Traveller Community.

This groundbreaking event will promote dialogue and debate in the West of Ireland on the topic of substantive equality for the Traveller community and the participation of Travellers in social, economic, political and cultural life as well as the broader enhancement of social justice and human rights. Traveller leaders on the day will demonstrate the diversity that exists within the community, while highlighting some of GTM's main achievements to date. The emphasis will be on the Traveller leaders, sharing their views and perspectives on what is needed to make Ireland a more progressive and equal society. In the afternoon, the symposium will also present inputs from special guests who have demonstrated their commitment to addressing structural inequalities experienced by many groups at a local, national and international level. Symposium participants will be asked to contribute their views and perspectives using interactive methodologies throughout the day.

Thanks for your participation. We are looking forward to seeing you on the day.

Attendance at the event is free but must be pre-booked.

There are a limited number of places available so early booking is advised.
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. In the event of high demand, late-booking participants may be placed on a waiting list.

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From all in the Galway Traveller Movement & Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway

The Symposium will provide a forum for engagement between:

Traveller Leaders, Members of the Travelling Community, Policy Makers, Key Representatives and decision makers from Service Providers and Government Departments, Politicians, Academics, Educators at all levels, Community & Voluntary sector, Non-Governmental Organisations, Trade Unions, Employers, Business Sector, Human Rights Advocates, etc.

Galway Traveller Movement & Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway

Galway Traveller Movement

The Galway Traveller Movement was set up as an independent Traveller organisation in 1994. It was established by Travellers and non Travellers in Galway with the ultimate aim to achieve equality and self determination for the Traveller community in Galway city and county. Applying community work and human rights based approaches GTM as part of its strategic plan (2014-2016) plans to dedicate its resources to enabling the Traveller Community to be part of a movement that challenges structural inequality.

Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway

The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at NUI Galway is a centre for community engagement based in the university, which works in partnership with the wider community, creating spaces and opportunities for the community and the university to work together through a range of activities. These activities include volunteering, service learning, knowledge-sharing and community-based research, all of which involve students and staff of the university partnering with community organisations on a variety of projects, which have the goal of bringing about positive social change in society. The CKI is committed to fostering community-university partnerships that promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy. Further information is available at:

Engage with us

Twitter: @GTMtrav / @CKIatNUIG

Event hashtag: #GTMsymp2014

Facebook: Galway Traveller Movement

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