The point of yesterday’s peaceful protest at NUI Galway came across loud and clear: BE MINDFUL TO WOMEN. Several women, including three NUI Galway lecturers — two current and one emeritus — participated in the demonstration held at the entrance to the university’s Mindful Way conference.
Several women handed out leaflets to conference participants pointing out that if NUI Galway is really interested in leading the charge in mindfulness, then it needs to take compassionate and moral action by promoting five female lecturers who were wrongfully overlooked for promotion more than five years ago. These lecturers have been forced to seek justice in costly court battles against the university.
The leaflet features a picture of the Buddha and states:
‘The Buddha said that mindfulness is dependent on the open heart of compassion and the clear mind of moral integrity.
‘We call on the University President, Jim Browne, to demonstrate he’s serious about a ‘mindfulness culture’ by promoting the five female academics going to the High Court to prove they should be promoted along with Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who won her Equality Tribunal case. This would be the generous, compassionate and moral action to be expected if NUI Galway is really trying to develop a mindfulness culture.’
The back of the leaflet cites key facts, including that NUI Galway eliminated a mindfulness programme just two years ago. The programme was free and was popular with women.
Area mindfulness teachers and meditation centres also sent a letter to Dr Browne voicing their concerns regarding the Mindful Way conference. The letter — which notes that NUI Galway have had a series of court cases involving disputes with their staff, many involving bullying and gender discrimination — calls on the university to practice mindfulness by promoting the five female academics.
‘This will save the five women the angst and expense of court cases, and would be the generous and moral action to be expected if NUI Galway really are trying to develop a mindfulness culture,’ the letter states.
If you would like to read the entire letter, click on the following link: