Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson will travel to the United States this morning to speak at a conference on the role of women in the peace process.
Ms Anderson will be the keynote speaker at the conference at Drew university in Madison, New Jersey tonight.
The Assembly member said she wanted to stay in her constituency for St Patrick’s Day before leaving for America.
Speaking before leaving, Ms Anderson said; “The university asked me to come and speak to them because they want to understand the role role Irish women played in the peace process.
“Women played an important role in the development of our peace process and continue to play a major role in its implementation.
“I think it is important to recognise that role and examine it to see if there are lessons which can be learned which may be of use in other countries that are moving out of conflict,” she said.
Ms Anderson will also be attending an event in New York tomorrow to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike.
“Gerry Adams and I will be attending that event in New York and I am looking forward to it,” she said.