SHINE Festival 2021

Hold on to your hats people!!  Are you ready for our BIGGEST EVER ANNOUNCEMENT!!!   Shona fans will know that we love nothing more than to put on a big event! For us, it doesn’t get much better than bringing as many girls and as many inspiring women into one room as we possibly can!

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MASSIVE NEWS! We wrote a lil book!!!

We are SO excited to finally share our latest news. Are you ready! For the past few months we’ve been working on the cutest little book called “The Survival Handbook for Girls”. This book is has been lovingly put together by our entire team and beautifully illustrated by our friends at Vitamin Creative. The book

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feminism 101

Feminism 101: By Katie

feminism ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/ noun noun: feminism the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Feminism is the theory of political, social & economic equality between the sexes. At its root, feminism is about achieving equality among the sexes, it is campaigning for women to be given the same opportunities as men,

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girl in a bad mood

How to Snap Yourself out of a Stinky Mood

U OK HUN? We all have bad days, you woke up happy and then a couple of things happen one after another and all of a sudden your mood has taken a turn for the worse. The milk was off in your coco-pops, the bus was late and you left your homework on the kitchen

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My PLC Experience- By Jasmine

We firmly believe that PLC courses and apprenticeships are amazing opportunities that are not highlighted enough for us girls as pathways to the career we always wanted. Sometimes PLC courses can be seen as a “Back Up Option” in case you don’t get a third-level course. We want to clear up this myth because it’s

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Self Confidence 101- By Denise

When you think of self-confidence, who do you imagine? Michelle O Bama? Taylor Swift? or do you picture someone in your class or on social media? What is it about them that defines confidence for you? Do you think they are beautiful or perfect? Is confidence an appearance or is it an action? Sometimes we

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Social media

Things I Wish I Knew about Social Media Earlier

Social media is everywhere around us these days – Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat… the list is endless. We are all guilty of spending too much time scrolling through the latest posts or checking how many likes our recent selfie has gotten. But it was when I started to spend hours obsessing over what my friends

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girls shaming girls

Things Us Girls Need To Stop Shaming Each Other About

Us girls are divils for shaming each other. Instead of embracing our differences, we constantly compete to be the prettiest, the smartest, the most popular, the most athletic, and the skinniest. When we look in the mirror, we always look at our faults; therefore, looking for faults in others makes us feel better about ourselves.

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What Does Your 2023 Hold?

Hello friends, It’s a new year, a new start. We’re about to take down the Xmas decos, scrape the last few bounty’s from the selection boxes (underrated if you ask us) and are looking to the days ahead. So what do you want for 2023? And how can you make it happen? Have you made

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Our Christmas Wish for You x

Another year is coming to an end, and here at Shona HQ, we’re putting on our out-of-office, sneaking the best bars from our selection boxes (the curly wurleys obvs) and looking back at all that we’ve achieved this year. 2022 was our biggest year yet, but it was tough, we’re not going to lie. We

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Why Asking For Help Changed My Life

The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with the world and

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love your body

Five Ways to Love your Body

Warning: Talks of body image, diets and body negativity. We are often told that we should love the body that we are in, and how strong is the new skinny.  Do we actually follow or believe this advice or do we still focus on the areas of our bodies we want to change? The following

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My Love For Poetry – By Amy

This was sent to us by Amy who is a teenage girl within the Shona community. Our website is a safe space for young women to share their stories and experiences. By sharing our stories, we can ensure that girls across the country will know that they are never alone, no matter the situation. A

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Mentorship 101

As you may already know, our mission here at Shona is to educate, empower and inspire today’s Irish Girls to become tomorrow’s strong, confident and curious young women. However, if you think we could do this all on our own you are very much mistaken! Here at Shona, we believe in the power of mentorship.

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Black women in sport

Sport and Body Confidence

  This was sent to us by a teenage girl within the Shona community. Our website is a safe space for young women to share their experiences and how they have overcome tricky situations. By sharing our stories, we can ensure that girls across the country will know that they are never alone, no matter

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What is Gaslighting? By TooIntoYou

This post has been submitted by Woman’s Aid as part of their campaign #TooIntoYou What is Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse. It happens when the person you’re going with, or even your ex, makes you constantly question your own feelings, memories and reality. They do this to make you unsure of yourself

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10 Brilliant Gifts For Your Empowered Bestie

Happy Fricking Christmas Everyone! It’s that time of year again when we all stress about how to buy gifts for those in our lives that are sustainable, useful, empowering, appropriate and affordable. No pressure right?! Don’t worry! We’ve trawled the internet for some beautiful gifts for the empowered bestie, sister, daughter or love of your

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Why I couldn’t Get Out Of Bed Today: By Abigail

This morning I woke up with an empty familiar feeling in my stomach. As soon as I opened my eyes I knew I was not in a good place. Waking up and feeling down is tough. You want to start the day fresh, with optimism and thinking you can achieve anything. Waking up feeling down

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Turns Out The Gym Isn’t That Scary

This isn’t going to be another one of those preachy articles or Insta posts that guilt you into going to the gym or make you feel terrible that you don’t go. Trust me, I’ve been there and only recently I’ve begun to find my feet in the gym. It’s true that exercise and the gym

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