F*%K New Years Diets: By Libby

“Ships are safer in the harbour but that is not why they are made” We were not put on this earth to lose weight. To be smaller or quieter or to take up less room than we are supposed to. It’s a scary thought. That there is another, dangerously free life out there. A life

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Your 2020 Manifesto

Today marks day one of a new decade. For many of us it feels like the start of a new story, a chance to put past mistakes and trauma behind us, and to start fresh. Instagram is full of promises to lose weight, get fit, find a partner, learn a new language, get an amazing

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Shona Meets Kiss Magazine

For over ten years, KISS magazine was every Irish girls best friend. It got so many of us through the tricky teenage years providing loads of really useful advice accompanied by all the celebrity news we needed to distract us from person we were convinced we were in love with, the study we were avoiding,

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Shona Goes to Goa!

Last Christmas, the lovely Shona (yes, that’s her name) travelled all the way to Zambia to deliver Shona workshops with a group of amazing girls, who all lined up to sign the Shona Pledge with a specially bought, sparkly pen. This year, shes off again, this time to Goa in India, where she will work

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A Christmas Wish

This will be our last post of 2019, we’re shutting up shop to rest and recharge our batteries after what has been a really amazing year for all of us here at The Shona Project. We have met thousands of girls at our workshops, and reached hundreds of thousands through our website. At our conference

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What does friendship mean to you?

What does friendship mean to you? To us, its having someone who will always love you no matter what, but won’t hesitate to tell you that you’re acting like a hormonal maniac. Its knowing that you can pick up the phone when you’re at your lowest, and have someone who will just listen. Its saving

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Me and The Winter Blues: By Abigail

This Winter has hit me harder than any previous year.  Previous to this college year I had spent the past year and a half abroad, so when I came back to reality I knew it would take me a lot of mental effort to get through the Winter season.  Summer is when I blossom, when

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Be Your Own Cheerleader! By Emma x

Remember that time that you told your friend she looked amazing in that dress as you left for the party? Or the time that you congratulated them on their exam results? What about the day that they overcame their greatest fear, and you were so proud of them? It’s amazing that we have those people

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How to get over the end of a friendship

Who is the love of your life? We hear so much about romantic love, as in the one with all the kissing, but while boyfriends and girlfriends come and go there is no deeper and more encompassing love than that we have for our friends. When friendships end, it is devastating. But yet, we don’t

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The Importance of Opening Up: By Alísha

I would have laughed at this article if I had read it a year ago. Opening up was simply not something that I ever did, or would ever consider doing. I didn’t see the attraction, to be honest, of having long emotional talks with friends or family. I was much more comfortable with telling a

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My Journey With Prescription Medication: By Megan

Before you read!! – This is my personal experience and cannot be generalised to all people who have, or will, take antidepressants. When I was put on them initially I was physically and mentally unwell and they were most likely needed at the time. However, I am now 21 years old and in the right

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Get Your Butt To FEMFEST on Saturday!!

Are you a girl aged 16-25?  Do you like being inspired??? Can you get to Dublin on Saturday? Our friends at the National Womens Council have arranged an amazing event called ‘Femfest’ which takes place this Saturday November 30th in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane Dublin 8. This amazing day allows you to take part

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The Shona Project and Me: By Izzy

“I have a beautiful soul, a brilliant mind, and an open heart.  I acknowledge that I am an ever-growing and always-learning work in progress. I own my flaws, but I will succeed in spite of, and maybe because of, my weaknesses. They do not define me. I promise to lift up other girls, to have their backs, to

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Squad Goals: Eleanor Roosevelt

Before Michelle Obama, there was only ever one first lady worth talking about. Jackie Kennedy may have had the style and grace but Eleanor Roosevelt had the chutzpah (an old term for swag). Tragedy struck Roosevelt very early in her life. When she was only 8, her mother and brother died of diphtheria. Her Dad

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Youth Mental Health in Ireland: How are we doing?

As young people, we seem to be struggling with our mental health at the moment. So many of us are battling anxiety, stress, depression, lack of self-confidence or disordered eating. Schools feel like they are full of tension, with many of us operating in survival mode, doing our best just to get through the day.

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Some Thoughts on Kindness

So I have this friend. She is kind, quirky, super smart and really really funny. We have never met in person. My friend doesn’t feel comfortable going out, and instead is her true self online, where people can’t see her, or judge her, or be cruel to her. My friend is transexual, andstruggles because her

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My Story: Why Are We So Angry?

It was a Thursday evening. I was scrolling through Instagram, seeing posts about detainment centres holding children in America and a magic appetite supressing tea that would make me lose five pounds every time I blinked. I had just got home after a long day in school, I’m in the Leaving Cert programme which everyone

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Wait up, are we working for free now???

October 10th was a very important day for the women of Ireland. Since we walked into our jobs this morning in offices, salons, schools, labs, courtrooms, surgeries and shops all over Ireland this morning, we are effectively working for free until New Year’s Day 2020. This is due to the Gender Pay Gap. The women

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