Foster welcomes leading women to Belfast

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has highlighted the important role that women play in business and wider society in Northern Ireland. The Minister was speaking at a welcome lunch at Belfast City Hall for members of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) who are visiting Belfast as part of a two-day event themed ‘Made In Belfast’. Addressing IWF members from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, Arlene Foster said:


“Women have traditionally formed a very important part of the social, economic and political fabric of Northern Ireland and continue to do so, whether in industrial and entrepreneurial roles, academia, health, the media and in a diverse range of other fields. We have a reputation for working hard and achieving success.

We should take every opportunity to learn, grow and interact, enhancing the skills required to become effective and influential leaders. It also important to ensure that women have an increasingly strong voice in both the public and private sectors.

It is fitting that an organisation which places innovative thought and achievement among their core values has chosen Belfast to host this forum and particularly with a ‘Made in Belfast’ theme which is so appropriate in this, the Titanic Centenary year.”


The IWF was founded in 1982 with the aim of advancing leadership by connecting the world’s most preeminent women and bringing together a global membership to learn and inspire. The organisation now has a presence in five continents and 26 nations.