Because I am a Girl I ask …Why in 2014, we still have not achieved equality for women in Ireland. I ask why so few women make it to the highest decision making levels in all areas of Irish life, from the business world, to the political sphere, in our government and legal systems and in representation in the media- why are women still not equal citizens in Ireland?
Because I am a Girl I believe …In a world where women are not constantly judged on their looks, where a woman is judged on her spirit, energy, integrity and her words and actions.
Because I am a Girl I hope …That an increasing influence of women at senior level will lead to more rational decision making by governments and organisations, less corruption and more compassion for those must vulnerable in our society.
Because I am a Girl I wonder …How equality will really be achieved without mass collective action and a new wave of feminism in which both men and women alike will unite in calling for equal treatment for women.
Because I am a Girl I dream …Of finding my soul mate with similar ideals to myself, with whom I would be able to totally be myself around.
Because I am a Girl I remember …Growing up as a teenager in the 90s, when it was much easier before the internet really existed. It was much simpler for girls in those days before social media came along, which presents much more challenges and pressures to girls growing up.
Because I am a Girl I like … That I am forever evolving and constantly growing in the way in which I view the world. As I mature, I feel increasingly comfortable and independent in my thoughts and actions, dictated not by society but by my own moral compass.
Because I am a Girl I dislike …Stereotypes. Girls are still bound by gender roles, and this is detrimental to the personal development of women. We must break free from these roles, which are often self-imposed as a result of what is expected by society as we seek to find our own positions in the world.
Because I am a Girl I feel …Love for humanity and positive energy towards everyone I meet. We are so blessed to be able to have the chance to make a difference in our own and other’s lives. Miracles and opportunities to have a positive effect on others happen present themselves every day and are everywhere if we choose to only see. The miraculous birth of each and every child, a smile which lights up another’s face and choosing to do the right thing despite opposition, are some examples of such opportunities. Each and every action we do, has an impact on others in the universe.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate…Achievement of other inspiring women who collectively are change-makers encouraging others to have the courage to do the same and follow in their footsteps.