28.04.14

Maire Duffy

Editor of SpunOut.ie

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Marie Duffy is from Donegal and is editor of SpunOut, Ireland’s National Youth website. She is passionate about reducing mental health stigma, and a strong believer in youth participation and the right of young people to be involved in all levels of the decision making process. She loves Curly wurlies, Arsenal FC and documentaries. She tweets at @donegalabu

Because I am a Girl I ask … that I be treated with the same respect that I give you

Because I am a Girl I believe … that we need to give young people more credit than we do. They get such a bad stick in the media and are made to look like they’re all trouble, but that is so far from the truth. Every day I work with fantastic young people who are doing amazing things in communities across Ireland. We need to report more on the good things they are involved in instead of just the negative side of a minority of them.

Because I am a Girl I hope …  that one day we won’t all feel pressure to look or act a certain way.

Because I am a Girl I wonder …  if we will ever have a female Taoiseach.

Because I am a Girl I dream … that one day there will be no stigma associated with mental illness and that looking after your mental health will become as natural as brushing your teeth.

Because I am a Girl I remember … being one of the few girls who were allowed to play football with the boys at national school. I was as good if not better than most of them, but it still took ages for me to earn their respect. Looking back now I can see that it made me a better player, but back them it was complete frustration.

Because I am a Girl I like … to go to the cinema whenever I can. I’m a huge documentary fan and could watch them all day long.

Because I am a Girl I dislike …  that we don’t have a more balanced female representation in the media.

Because I am a Girl I feel … extremely passionate about improving mental health services and trying to ensure that they receive the adequate funding they deserve.

Because I am a Girl I celebrate… the days where I can lounge about in a pair of tracksuit bottoms and a hoody. Those are my favourite kinda days.

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