When Sophie hung out with Girls rock Dublin

Empowering girls to be the best versions of themselves is a vital part of the Girls Rock Dublin ethos. I met the team one sunny afternoon and came away feeling inspired and hopeful for what was to come. Girls Rock Dublin is part of a global movement, Girls Rock Camp that originally began in 2001

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Bitch Falcon, pussycats really….

God only knows where Bitch Falcon are at the moment, Toronto? London? This crowd are busy. One things for sure, where ever they are, you will hear them before you see them because this crew are LOUD! Lizzie Fitzpatrick (guitar & vocals), Naomi Macleod (bass), and Nigel Kenny (drums) don’t mess around when it comes to noise.

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Video: A letter to my Pre-transition Self

Jamie Raines realised at a very young age that he should not have been born into a female body, and at age 17 began transitioning socially from female to male, with the support of his family. Now aged 21, he says he has never been happier. Jamie started taking testosterone at 18, and had a

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Time to meet another Youth Ambassador: Here’s Megan!

Don’t let Megan Fool you. She may seem quiet and reserved, but Megan is tough as nails, as any survivor has learned how to be. Megan has been honest and open about her battle with anorexia, and was generous enough to share her story with us, so we can better understand how this disease takes

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How much do we love Aine Cahill?? (A lot, obviously).

As our neighbours, friends, family and anyone who ever passes our office will know, our favourite song of 2017 is Aine Cahills “plastic”.  The 22 year old Cavan girl’s video has been played on repeat on just about every radio station in Ireland and rightly so, as she gives any of the big guns (Adele,

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New Irish Music: Meet Hvmmingbyrd

There are so many amazing women in Irish music today. Right up there in our list of favourites are Hvmmingbyrd, AKA Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das, a singer-songwriter/producer duo based in Dublin, Ireland. They fuse warm sensual vocals, electronic pulses and shimmering pop sounds with heartfelt lyricism. The girls have performed at lots of Irish festivals such as

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What does it mean to be Transgender or Non-Binary in Ireland?

BelongTo is an amazing organisation that provides support for young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Ireland. If you know someone who is trans or non-binary, you probably want to be supportive, but maybe have some questions and are afraid to ask in case you cause offense. This week, BelongTo have released a series

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One for the lads… Feel free to share

On Wednesday night, former US Vice-President, Joe Biden spoke to students at George Mason University about consent, an issue he feel VERY strongly about. “Change the culture. You can do it,” he told the crowd in Fairfax, Virginia, before addressing male students specifically. “Guys. A woman who’s dead drunk cannot consent,” he said, his voice rising. “You are raping her.

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Youth Council Profile: Meet Sophie!

Sophie is just the coolest. A talented writer, and a hard core feminist, she’s the kind of girl you want in your corner. We know that Sophie will do pretty much anything we ask her to do, because she loves a challenge and ain’t afraid of nuthin. Meet Sophie. What was it about TSP that

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Why you should be obsessed with Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez is the Golden Globe winning start of “Jane the Virgin”. Awesome show, bit bonkers but sure lookit, we love bonkers. But Gina is way more than that. Herself and her sister Ivelisse were the first in her family to get a college education, and because of that she is passionate about promoting others

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Does this girl look Irish enough for you?

Una Kavanagh has an Irish passport and an Irish Birth Cert, she grew up in Kerry, speaks Irish and probably likes Barrys tea, Tayto’s and Amy Huberman (We need to verify this, but what Irish person doesn’t?) However, Una is constantly being told that she isn’t Irish enough, and having to defend her right to call

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All of our favourite female movie speeches for your viewing pleasure

In the old days, girls were secondary characters in movies, one dimensional, superficial, sappy, weak and reliant on men to save them. Those days are over, and now we see a whole array of women and girls, who are girlie but strong, romantic but realistic, who fall in love easily while remaining fiercely independent. For

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Know any awesome girls?

Okay, so all girls are awesome, but do you know any REALLY awesome girls? At Shona, we want to celebrate the achievements of girls all over Ireland, so tell us! There are lots of girls out there who are doing amazing things, writing books, making music, creating change, leading and inspiring others. There are also

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Watch: Imelda May’s latest song celebrates women everywhere

  We all love Imelda May, and she has just released a new video inspired by the recent women’s marches called ‘Should’ve been you’. The video which was shot in Brixton in London is one continuous take, featuring a group of everyday “superwomen”, all of which answered a call on Facebook. Imelda said, “I wrote

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An update on the @yesnotthedress Campaign: By Sophie

Consent, consent, consent! It’s a word and an issue we are all aware of but unfortunately we haven’t quite conquered the problems surrounding it. For me and many people, it wasn’t something we were taught about in school, it wasn’t even a topic that came up within our own private conversations. I grew up being

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Why this picture of a smile went viral

Tensions in the US and the UK have been rising over the past few years, and acts of racism seem to be rising along with it, as people react in fear to the terrorist attacks that have happened across the world. This picture was taken at a protest held by the English Defence League in

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Weapons of Choice: Ireland Edition

A couple of weeks ago we shared a post about the “Weapon of Choice” project, which showed some powerful pictures of the damage our words can do to others. If you didn’t see it you can catch up here. This project was brought to our attention by Kate Lennon (our favourite teacher ever), who teaches at

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