27.01.14

Gillian Fitzpatrick

Journalist

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Gillian Fitzpatrick is a journalist and currently holds the position of Press Officer for Nessa Childers, MEP, working on her campaign for the May 2014 European elections. She is a former Features Editor at the Irish Daily Mail and is now a regular contributor to the Irish Independent’s Health & Living section. She has recently appeared on TV3’s Midday and on RTE Radio. She lives in Rathmines with her husband, James, and daughter, Giulia.

Because I am a Girl I ask … for my hard work, my talents and my achievements all to be recognised and rewarded without bias, discrimination or prejudice.

Because I am a Girl I believe … that I can do anything I set my mind to, even when sometimes there are obstacles in the way.

Because I am a Girl I hope … my daughter will enjoy more equality and opportunity than was afforded to me – just as, growing up, I had prospects my mother could have only dreamed of.

Because I am a Girl I wonder … when courtrooms, politics and salaries will more accurately reflect our dynamic and modern nation.

Because I am a Girl I dream … of a time when no one will feel constrained because of their gender, sexuality, physical ability, education or socio-economic background.

Because I am a Girl I remember … how hard men and women once fought so that the latter could do something as simple as vote. Don’t take that for granted – everyone should make sure they’re included on the electoral register so that they can exercise their democratic right as often as possible.

Because I am a Girl I like … to think that progress towards global gender equality is being made, little by little, every day.

Because I am a Girl I dislike … when I hear stories and experiences that make me question whether this is true – and whether it ever will be.

Because I am a Girl I feel … very lucky, because I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Because I am a Girl I celebrate… my family and friends, who come from all sorts of weird and wonderful backgrounds.

The views expressed in all blogs, are those of the authors only and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of of Plan Ireland  

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