The Speech Writing Competition 2020 will open in September 2019. The competition is open to all young people aged 14-17 years old across Ireland. The competition aims to help students increase their understanding of gender-based inequality around the world. By taking part young people will also develop their research, analytical and presentation skills.
In 2019 the focus of the competition was on the sustainable development goals and how they intersect with gender equality. The choice of topics for 2019 were:
If women had equal access to the workforce countries would develop more
Men and boys need to play a larger part in tackling gender equality for women
Gender equality is fundamental for every aspect of sustainable development
Clodagh Boyce, a student at St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan and Kirsten Soney-Ituen, a student at Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach in Carlow won the 2019 competition. The two winning students will travel to ActionAid Greece with their teacher and ActionAid in October 2019, where they will learn about ActionAid’s work in Athens. The Final, held in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on 20th March, was attended by over 60 people.
Pictured: Winners of the national ActionAid Speech Writing Competition 2019Clodagh Boyce, a student at St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan and Kirsten Soney-Ituen, a student at Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach in Carlow.
Women’s Rights Programme
ActionAid Ireland’s women’s rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, is being implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nepal and is focused on ending violence against women and ensuring that women and girls can break the cycle of poverty and violence.
For more information about our Women’s Rights Programme click here.