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18 October - Direct Division Film Screening & Discussion


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Time: Film screening and Q & A on Monday 18 October @ 3:30 PM (Dublin)

Venue: Documentary Film available on the Smashing Times Virtual Gallery
Panel discussion hosted by Office of Children’s Ombudsman on Zoom

Tickets: Free

Direct Division is a short documentary film featuring children describing, in their own words, their experiences of living in Direct Provision. This gives insights into their past journeys, current life and hopes for their futures. The film highlights how the rights and lives of these children are affected by Ireland’s Direct Provision system.

Direct Division amplifies the voices of children who are seldom heard. It allows children living in Direct Provision to talk about their experiences in their own words. The children’s identities are protected due to the sensitive nature of the content.

This film is one output of a consultation with children living in Direct Provision by the OCO.

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Dr Carmel Corrigan
Head of Participation and Rights Education, Ombudsman for Children’s Office

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, NUI Maynooth and the Irish Law Society, Carmel spent 16 years working as an independent researcher specialising in children's rights, participation, policy and law.  Since taking up the post of Head of Participation and Rights Education in in the OCO in 2018, she had led a number of rights-based consultations with children.


Aoife McNamara
Participation and Rights Education Coordinator, Ombudsman for Children’s Office

Aoife studied in NUI, Galway and Queen’s University, Belfast, she holds an LLB and LLM. She has worked in the fields of human rights and development education for the last 8 years. As the Participation and Rights Education Coordinator in the OCO, Aoife specialises in consulting with children facing human rights abuses, teaching them about their rights under the UNCRC and listening to their stories.