Youth Council Members: Meet Aisling

Aisling is 18 and lives in Co Waterford. The youngest of 4 sisters, she is well able to stick up for herself. Sporty, sassy and smart, you would never know that Aisling has struggled with depression since she was very young. Aisling writes for us about her depression, hoping to help others, but doesn’t let it

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Kate Winslet calls out Body Shamers… Again.

Kate Winslet didn’t hold back yesterday at the 2017 WE day in London yesterday when it comes to body shaming. She showed that even Oscar winners have to battle demons, ignore haters and believe in themselves when others think they have no potential. “I was always comparing myself to others, I was bullied at school,”

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Need a pep talk? We got you covered…

We don’t let many boys hang out here at shona.ie, but in this case we’re making an exception. Meet your new idol, Kid President. Need a pep talk? KP has possibly the best pep talk ever given. Kid President has interviewed President Obama, kissed Beyoncé, launched his own TV show and his book, Kid President’s Guide to

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The amazing story of Yeonmi Park

North Korea is one of the world’s most repressed countries. Ruled by Kim Jong-Un, all basic freedoms are severely restricted. A 2014 a UN Commission of Inquiry found that abuses in North Korea include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. North Korea operates secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of

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Youth Council Profile: Meet Clodagh

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to our new youth council, Ireland’s fabbest young women. Each of our members will tell us about themselves, and share why they decided to join us. This week, meet Clodagh, a 20 year old English and French student, currently in Nantes, France on her year abroad.  Clodagh

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All of the Badassess…….

Need some inspiration of a Wednesday? Check out these ladies who gave zero f**ks what society wanted them to be, and danced to their own tune, and then go dance to yours (as long as its Beyonce). Afghan women in a record store in Kabul before the Taliban seized power in the 1950’s. Aviator Amelia

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Tracey Ulmans sexism skit wins the internet today.

Tracey Ullman has been making people laugh for decades. But in her new show on BBC, she really highlights how ridiculous and frustrating people’s attitudes to sexual assault victims can be. In the video, she plays a detective who applies the same line of questioning often used for assault victims to a man who has

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How to talk to someone who’s depressed: by Ash

Very few people know how to respond when people when they say they struggle with mental illness. Here’s some things that have been said to me that made me irritated/belittled. There’s also a few responses at the end. “Oh that’s shit I get pretty depressed too. Especially when everyone goes out and I don’t and

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On coming out: By Caitlin

Caitlin came out to her closest friends 4 years ago. Now fully out and very happy, she has written this piece in the hopes that sharing her experience might help  someone else going through the same thing…. Learning to be Proud: A Reflection on the Awkwardness of Self-Discovery I accepted at some stage in my

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Some thoughts on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day all over the world. On this day we celebrate the achievements of women, especially those who have contributed to making the world a better place for all of us. We have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go. We all have a part to

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Beta’s Brilliant Book of Badasses

Beta Bajgart is a super talented photographer. On Wednesday next she launches her new book “A Womans Work” a set of portraits of beautiful, imaginative and strong women in creative, unusual and usually male professions; including a champion chess player, a mechanic, a pilot, a boxer, a blacksmith, and electrician, a pilot, a fire fighter,

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All our favourite Dr. Seuss quotes in honour of his birthday

Pretty much all of us grew up reading Dr. Seuss. But now that we’re a little older, we can really appreciate how much wisdom that little cat with his hat actually shared. Today would have been Dr S’s 112th birthday, and to celebrate we’re sharing all his best quotes in the one go. Enjoy x

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we are launching our youth council! Woop woop!

We are super excited to tell you all about our new youth council, the real MVP’s of our gorgeous girl gang. The Shona Project is for girls, about girls and by girls, so its really important to us to make sure that everything we do is for you our lovely readers. So, with this in

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Reader Post: All that is gold doesn’t glitter.

Whitney Larkins, one of our American readers, submitted this lovely post. Thanks girl x You see, I’m an American black woman whose skin color is about the same as a brown cardboard box. But for me, my “number one” metal wasn’t gold, it was bronze. Well, to be clear, when it comes to my choice

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4 Self Defence Moves you will hopefully never need

In 1995, Trish Hoffman joined the Police Department in Albuquerque after ending an abusive relationship. During the relationship she had filed numerous police reports that had not been followed up on, so she wanted to help other women in similar situations. She now runs a nonprofit called Women Against Crime, which provides free self defence

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Squad goals: Emma Watson

Emma Watson is the best friend/ big sister you need in your life. We first saw her as a wee scrap of a thing in Harry Potter, but since then she has used her fame as a platform to create change, spread love and put positivity into the world. In 2014, Emma visited Bangladesh and Zambia,

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#thisgirlcan

This new ad by Sport England is a joy to behold as it celebrates women of all shapes and sizes who sweat and jiggle and wobble and laugh with red sweaty faces full of joy. The ad aims to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in.

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