5 Life Lessons I learned From Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan is a hero. There is no doubt about that. What she has done for the women of Ireland, at a time when she would have been well within her rights to put herself and her own health first, can never be acknowledged enough. She has, and will continue to, save lives. Over the

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Mindy Kaling’s Excellent Pep Talk

Mindy Kaling is just the bomb. Having started her career as a writer on the American Office, Mindy then wrote and produced her very own TV show and is now starring in the number one box office movie, Ocean’s 8 (have you seen it? its epic). Mindy has never been afraid to stand up and

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Sinead Burke Continues to Nail Just about Everything She Does..

There she is now, our Sinead. We have long been fans of Sinead Burke. Activist, Academic, Ted Talker, Room Stealer, Fashionista. She really is a national treasure. We knew this all along, and now the fashion industry has taken notice. Sinead has firmly planted her feet in the world of the movers and shakers. Yesterday

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BE KIND: Here’s Why…

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 a transexual, who struggles

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The Irish Teacher You wish You Had…

Yesterday, on Ryan Tubridy’s radio show, Ryan read the sweetest letter, written by a teacher to her students ahead of year end exams. The students were due to sit a Maths test, and Miss Lynch wanted them to realise that there is more to life than exams and education, there’s also kindness, friendship and laughter.

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Jessie J’s new video celebrates all our heavenly bodies 👸

Has anyone noticed a huge change in women’s music over the last few years? Gone are the days where songs were featured broken hearted girls, or lost and lonely princesses waiting for their prince to arrive and rescue them. These days female music is all about empowering ourselves and each other, setting standards for ourselves,

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Amal Clooney On Courage

If you’re ever stuck for a little inspiration and a good pep talk, make a cup of tea and google “commencement speech”. At this time every year, American colleges invite the worlds most over achieving over-achievers to inspire those who are about to enter the big bad world, degree and CV in hand. In Vanderbilt

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Why are these women protesting at Cannes?

This is a pretty powerful image when you consider what these women represent. At the Cannes Film Festival, over the weekend, 82 women marched up the red carpet to protest against the gender inequality that exists, not just at Cannes, but within the film industry and, lets call a spade a spade, many other industries

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Meet Akashinga: the All Female Anti-Poaching Warrior Squad

The International Anti-Poaching Federation (IAPF) is an amazing organisation that has found new, progressive ways to protect endangered species from  poachers in many areas across the world. They recently launched a project called “Akashanga” which means “the brave ones”. The project equips and empowers women to protect the wilderness areas, instead of relying on trophy

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A letter to my younger self: By Kat

Dear 18 Year Old Kat, Everything got better. You’ll discover many things in your final year of secondary school. You’ll drink for the first time, kiss people, go to house parties and spend Saturdays wandering around the city. You’ll also fight with people, and fail class tests and feel low, but I promise it get’s

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How to breathe through anxiety and stress…

The world is full of self help books, meditation, hypnosis and other big ideas which are supposed to help you remain calm, deal with stress or handle anxiety. But there’s one super simple trick that you can do anywhere at any time which will make a difference when your head is spinning and its all

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Coco’s story: Bullying takes another life

In 18th January 2018, 21 year old Nicole ‘Coco’ Fox Fenlon took her own life after years of horrendous bullying. The bullying started when Nicole turned 18, with her bullies allegedly burning her with cigarettes, pulling her hair, pushing her, and spreading vicious rumours about her online. Now Coco’s mother, Jackie Fox, is leading a

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Shona Meets: Pearl Natasha

Zimbabwean-Irish singer Pearl Natasha has enjoyed critical acclaim in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi. She has played  international stages including Live & Unsigned for Sea Sessions, Lake of STARS Festival & HIFA; radio and TV including Highland Radio, ZiFM Stereo, ZBC TV and Ocean FM Ireland; sharing her unique blend of Diasporan-Pop, featuring heavy African roots, lyrical ballads reminiscent of Irish

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A girls story: By Shaunagh

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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A chat with Zlata Filipovic: By Libby

In her first post for shona.ie, Libby had a chat with Zlata Filipovic, a hugely accomplished writer and filmmaker who lived through a horrendous war which forever changed her home country. Take it away Libby… “I think I’ve managed to retain this complete optimism and love of humanity and belief that people are good.” Ladies

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The Girl Who Made Periods Cute…

Nobody likes talking about periods. Period. They may not be fun, but they’re for sure nothing to be ashamed of. And the more we talk about them, the more empowered we are to deal with issues such as menstruation. Californian artist, Annie Wong wanted to shift the stigma and turn periods into something positive, and

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Calling All Future Rock Stars!

Calling all Rockers!! Our good friends at Girls Rock Dublin do great work to encourage girls to empower themselves through music. Each year they run an amazing summer camp, which allows the next Joan Jett or Alanis Morissette to learn from the best Ireland has to offer.  Girls Rock are basically our cooler, edgier friend who

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