Speech Writing Competition 2019

Entries are now closed for the ActionAid Speech Writing Competition 2019. The competition is open to all young people aged 14-17 years old across Ireland. The competition will help students increase their understanding of gender-based inequality around the world and increase their awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals. By taking part young people will also develop their research, analytical and presentation skills.


This year’s topics:

  • 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


The two winning students will travel to ActionAid Greece with their teacher and ActionAid. Here they will see the work of ActionAid first hand and learn about influencing change at the EU level.



Finalists will be notified in February 2019 and the Final will take place in March 2019 in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. Finalists will deliver their speech to a panel of judges and two people will be selected as winners.


Speech Length: Up to 10 minutes long (roughly between 850 and 1,000 words).

ActionAid Speech Writing Competition winners

Juliette O’Donnell (left) a student at St. Enda’s College, Galway, and Sadbh Boylan (right) a student at St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk, winners of the Speech Writing Competition 2018

Speech Writing Competition Finalists

Pictured: Finalists of the Speech Writing Competition 2018.

Terms and conditions

To be eligible: Students must be aged between 14 to 17 years as of Friday 18th January 2019.

Click here for Guidance and T&Cs.

Click here to download a poster to display at your school.

Email entries to comms.ireland@actionaid.org

OR Post to: 

ActionAid Ireland, 172 Ivy Exchange, Granby Place, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, Ireland

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.

Click here to read about the 2018 winner’s trip to Brussels, and the 2017 winner’s trip to Kenya.

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