04.06.13

Jessica Majekodunmi

Plan Ireland Marketing Manager

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Having being involved with not-for-profit organisations since 2002, Jessica joined Plan Ireland in September 2010 with a strong background in marketing and communications. She holds an honours BA in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin and most recently she was awarded a Gold Medal from DIT for achieving first place on the Postgraduate Diploma for Advertising and Digital Communications. Jessica has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, Central and South America; next she heads to Myanmar/Burma later this month. Jessica is a qualified FAI referee, plays in a ladies team and is an avid Stoke City supporter (bless her).

Because I am a Girl I ask … only one thing of you reading this: to accept me as I am, not what you expect me to be.

Because I am a Girl I believe … I was lucky to have a childhood with three strong female role models. My mum, her sister and my Grandma showed me that with hard work, a sense of humour and two feet firmly on the ground, anything is possible.

Because I am a Girl I hope … my imagination never limits me, my instinct always guides me and that I handle whatever life throws at me, as inevitably something shall be thrown.

Because I am a Girl I wonder … at the world sometimes, I really do. Some days it seems to be filled full of prejudice, hurt and hate. Thankfully it just takes a teeny tiny random act of kindness to restore my faith in humanity. It’s the little things that make the difference.

Because I am a Girl I dream … of possibilities – countries to explore, sights to see, mountains to climb, people to meet. And that Stoke City will regain the glory days of Stanley Matthews.

Because I am a Girl I remember … my first stand against gender inequality. I was six. My school wouldn’t let me play with the football team. So I asked, ‘Why not?’ They said, ‘Cos you can’t’. I asked again. And again. And again and again and again. They changed their mind.

Because I am a Girl I like … being a big sister. It rocks. Especially because I can do things like this: TICKLESISTERS FOREVER ♥ (it makes sense to us)

Because I am a Girl I dislike … being told I must do something almost as much as being told I can’t do something.

Because I am a Girl I feel … proud to write this blog, proud to be part of this incredible campaign for equality and proud to sponsor a girl in India. I feel proud that yesterday ran the Dublin women’s mini-marathon in 1:04:39 and didn’t stop to walk once! I will feel even prouder if everyone reading this makes my sore legs worthwhile and sponsors my efforts!!

Because I am a Girl I celebrate … the freckles to my frizz. Days need more hours x

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