Hundreds Come to Dublin to Cel...


Hundreds Come to Dublin to Celebrate International Day of the Girl

Sarah McGuinness
Sarah McGuinness

12:57 11 Oct 2022

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Hundreds of girls from around the country will flock to Dublin over the next two days for the Shine Festival.

The event, which aims to empower young women, begins today to mark International Day of the Girl.

The festival is organised by the Shona Project, a Waterford-based collective that aims to educate and inspire young women in Ireland.

The celebration, which will take place in the Conference Centre at The Clayton Burlington Road, will include online and in-person talks from over 100 speakers such as athlete Ellen Keane, singer Erica Cody and Senator Eileen Flynn.

In a statement on The Shona Project's website, founder Tammy Darcy highlighted the importance of empowering young women.

She said: “Like everyone else, the young women we work with have been hugely affected by recent historic world events. They are feeling more stressed, isolated and anxious than ever before.

"SHINE allows us to provide them with the inspiration they need right now, and invite them to become part of an empowering movement of women who are strong, resilient and authentic.”

Celebrations for International Day of the Girl, now in its tenth year, kicked off in the Mansion House last night in an event organised by Plan International Ireland - a girls' rights and education charity.

Female participation in politics is a central theme of this year's event, with TD Violet Anne Wynne speaking about the barriers faced by women in politics at yesterday's event.

Late last month Ms Wynne was met with applause when she was the first politician to bring her baby with her into the Dáil chamber. 

According to a recent Plan International Ireland survey of 29,000 girls and women aged 15-24, from 29 countries, one in two young women believe that people in their community view it as acceptable for girls and young women to engage in political activities, while 19% have personally been discouraged from doing so.

Speaking yesterday, Ms Wynne said: "More needs to be done to make a career in politics possible for females; without proper representation in government, we will never be able to make the necessary changes needed to ensure females are supported to pursue a career as a public representative.

"It's a vicious cycle, and to break this cycle, we need to normalise and support working mothers if we want to make a real change in our society," she said.

Plan International Ireland will be holding other events over the course of this week to mark International Day of the Girl, including interviews with inspirational females, such as Author Sally Hayden and activist Soma Sara. 

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