Being a young woman in Ireland can be really tough….
Here at Shona, we celebrate women from all over the world, those who succeed and those who overcome, those who lead and those who think, those who win and those who learn. We share our stories so that we don’t feel alone. We laugh, learn, try and cry together.
Figuring out who we are, and where we fit into this world is hard, and there are so many challenges; anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, boys, family drama, social media, exams stress, hormones, sexuality, relationships, bullying and feeling like we don’t fit in.
The world (and Instagram) tells us we should have it all figured out by now, and that we should be perfect, which none of us will ever be. Really, we should be helping each other to be smart, strong and, above all else, kind.
support each other so we can all achieve everything our quirky little hearts desire.
We know exactly how it feels to struggle and feel alone, because we’ve been there. We believe that we all need to give ourselves a break, and take care of ourselves, and of each other, to celebrate each other’s differences, and to support each other so we can all achieve everything our quirky little hearts desire.
We visit schools all around Ireland to meet and talk to girls about how to find their place and identity. We encourage girls to be kind to each other, and especially to themselves.
We made this website to share news that is relevant to young Irish women. We celebrate the achievements of powerful, successful and inspiring women from Ireland and all over the world. We ask “experts” for advice on common issues. Most importantly, we give young women a platform to share their own stories, in the hope of helping others and proving that none of us are alone. And sometimes, we’re just here for the craic.
Watch us in action here…
You can hear about Shona’s story here.
In October 2018, we held our first conference “RISE 2018” to celebrate International Day of the Girl. We brought 350 girls together to hear from a selection of inspirational and powerful women. Watch the highlights here..
In 2017 we were announced as Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardees.
We also received the award for best Social Enterprise at the Waterford Business Awards 2018
And in July 2018, we were invited to speak about our work with their Royal Highness’s the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.