06.08.13

Norah Murphy

Programme Support Assistant, Plan Ireland

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Norah joined Plan in February 2013. From Carlow, Norah has spent the last seven years studying and working in Cork.

At UCC, Norah completed a BSc International Development and Food Policy during which she volunteered on a project for children with disabilities in Zambia and completed a work placement with Trócaire in Malawi.

Both of these experiences cemented her interest in child rights and global health. Following this, Norah completed a Masters in Public Health during which she conducted research on knowledge and attitudes regarding HIV/AIDS among adolescents in secondary schools in Wexford.

In her spare time, Norah is learning French and enjoys the cinema, cooking and avoiding running!

Because I am a girl I ask…. everyone to inform themselves about the challenges experienced by people living in developing countries.

Because I am a girl I believe… that the education of all children has unlimited returns in terms of economic growth, health and peace.

Because I am a girl I hope that… if I have a daughter, she will grow up in a world that places a greater value on every human being.

Because I am a girl I wonder….how many girls are not attending school today and how many girls are attending school but are not learning.

Because I am a girl I dream… often and without limitation.

Because I am a girl I remember…. growing up taking for granted the hope and expectations that my father had for me.

Because I am a girl I like… reading about great female leaders, past and present.

Because I am a girl I dislike… how prevalent casual sexism and homophobia are in Irish society.

Because I am a girl I feel… a duty to speak out against inequality.

Because I am a girl I celebrate…the achievements of other girls and women.

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