The one word we need to cut from our vocab… (clue: its not this one)

Whats your least favourite word? We’ve been talking about this and came up with the following.. Moist…. Orifice…. Methinks….. Fab….. Smeg…… The C word, (you know yourself). But if we had to chose one word to eradicate from the vocabulary of every teenage girl it would be this. We girls put ourselves under huge pressure

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What do you wish you could say to your mental illness?

If you struggle with a mental health disorder, sometimes it feels like there are two people living in your brain, and all you want to do is tell the unwanted guest to go away. Usually, this guest is unreasonable, stubborn, and unwilling to see things from your point of view. But if you could sit your

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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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Six months in! Ok, lets review…

Yesterday marked 6 months since The Shona Project launched. To celebrate, some of our youth council and board members got together to reflect on what we’ve done so far, and where we want to go from here. Over the past few months we have spoken to thousands of girls and boys around Ireland, had tens of

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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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Ask the Doc: Oh Heyyyyyyyyy Fever

As some of you know, we have the lovely Dr. Sharon on board here at The Shona Project. We keep her in the top drawer of our filing cabinet, and let her out when we have questions. This week, as we’re all sneezing, we asked her to tell us how to deal with HEEEYYYYY fever. Here’s

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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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The power of an apology

Lets admit it, us girls are wagons. We just can’t let stuff go. Some girl picked you last for the dodgeball team in 3rd class and you still won’t speak to them in 5th year. In fact, by 5th year, you have probably forgotten what the argument was about, but by God, that girl is dead

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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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Playlist: 20 songs inspired by Anxiety & Depression

When you don’t have the words to explain how you feel, when you are alone, when you feel like nobody understands…… Music is the go to for so many of us who are going through a hard time, playing it or listening to it, you will always find a musician, singer, or songwriter who once stood

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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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