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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The Irish womens socccer team are kicking off (see what we did there?)

All joking and catchy headlines aside this is just not good enough. Today, our Irish women’s soccer team held a press conference in what they said was a “last resort” to raise concerns about the support they are given from the FAI. In a collective statement they said… We as players are proud to represent our

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A rundown of the worlds sassiest cartoon heroines

These days, Disney is all about diversity, and while their princesses still have waists the size of your wrist, they are getting ballsier and more sassy. You wouldn’t cross  Moana when she has an oar in her hand, and Anna from Frozen needs no man, she can build her own ice castle and pay her own

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An important message for the two thirds

Today, the Irish examiner released a study of 2,5oo teenagers which found that two thirds of 13-19 year olds say that their mental health state is ‘poor, very poor or average.’ We talk to girls all the time about the pressure they feel to be smart, beautiful and perfect. Caitlin Moran, the amazing author of

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The truth about drugs, what you need to know…

Last year, Nicole lost her younger brother, 18 year old Alex, who took synthetic drugs (SD’S) at a house party. Since then, Nicole has learned as much as she can about SD’s and works really hard to prevent as many of these deaths as she possibly can. Here, she shares what she learned and what

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Lets LOL at some more outdated adverts….

Some time ago we shared some outdated anti-suffragette posters, that encouraged men to keep their women under control, for fear that society would fall apart if they were granted the vote. We all had a good laugh at the ridiculousness of the attitudes to women, whilst thanking our lucky stars that we weren’t born a

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What if we treated female scientists like celebrities??

Question… Why do we emulate celebrities? What is it about Beyonce that makes us love her so much. Shes a trailblazer, she is smart, she is a positive role model, she is a shrewd business woman, she is an innovator. So is Millie Dresselhaus, known as the “queen of carbon science”, the first female Institute Professor and

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Youth Council Members: Meet Aisling

Aisling is 18 and lives in Co Waterford. The youngest of 4 sisters, she is well able to stick up for herself. Sporty, sassy and smart, you would never know that Aisling has struggled with depression since she was very young. Aisling writes for us about her depression, hoping to help others, but doesn’t let it

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Kate Winslet calls out Body Shamers… Again.

Kate Winslet didn’t hold back yesterday at the 2017 WE day in London yesterday when it comes to body shaming. She showed that even Oscar winners have to battle demons, ignore haters and believe in themselves when others think they have no potential. “I was always comparing myself to others, I was bullied at school,”

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Need a pep talk? We got you covered…

We don’t let many boys hang out here at shona.ie, but in this case we’re making an exception. Meet your new idol, Kid President. Need a pep talk? KP has possibly the best pep talk ever given. Kid President has interviewed President Obama, kissed Beyoncé, launched his own TV show and his book, Kid President’s Guide to

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The amazing story of Yeonmi Park

North Korea is one of the world’s most repressed countries. Ruled by Kim Jong-Un, all basic freedoms are severely restricted. A 2014 a UN Commission of Inquiry found that abuses in North Korea include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. North Korea operates secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of

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All of the Badassess…….

Need some inspiration of a Wednesday? Check out these ladies who gave zero f**ks what society wanted them to be, and danced to their own tune, and then go dance to yours (as long as its Beyonce). Afghan women in a record store in Kabul before the Taliban seized power in the 1950’s. Aviator Amelia

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Tracey Ulmans sexism skit wins the internet today.

Tracey Ullman has been making people laugh for decades. But in her new show on BBC, she really highlights how ridiculous and frustrating people’s attitudes to sexual assault victims can be. In the video, she plays a detective who applies the same line of questioning often used for assault victims to a man who has

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