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Saturday, 17 February, 2001, 18:29 GMT
Event is celebration of women
The Waterfront Hall is hosting the events
The Waterfront Hall is hosting the events
A number of Northern Ireland politicians have taken part in a special debate to celebrate women in the new Millennium.

Monica McWiliams of the Women's Coalition and Eileen Bell of the Alliance Party were among those taking part in a Question Time style debate to mark Women's Millennium Day.

The event in the Waterfront Hall on Saturday, was the culmination of the Millennium Celebration of Women Project, a six month programme of events organised by Belfast City Council.

Its theme was celebrating the gains and recognising the gaps in women's lives.

Range of exhibits

The organisers carried out a major consultation exercise across the city looking at such topics as women and safety, technology, health, work education and public participation.

Also taking part in the debate, was the minister for higher education, Sean Farren.

The day-long programme of family activities also included face painting, balloon modelling, circus skills, arts and craft and story telling.

There was also computer skills, line dancing, needlecraft, bookstalls, hairdressing and personal grooming sessions.

A wide range of exhibitions was on show from local cultural groups, voluntary groups and women's groups.

Belfast comedienne May McFettridge also brightened up the day by hosting a family variety show.

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