Una Mullally is a journalist and broadcaster living in Dublin. She primarily writes features, and is particularly interested in popular culture, music, contemporary theatre, online trends, television, feminism and LGBT issues.
She blogs about popular culture for The Irish Times at PopLife. She frequently appears on various national media outlets, and presents an alternative music programme for TG4 called Ceol ar an Imeall (Music on the Edge). Before writing for the Irish Times, she was a staff reporter and columnist with The Sunday Tribune and a columnist with The Dubliner.
Because I am a Girl I ask … that people become more proactive in promoting gender equality, recognising the unique struggles that girls and women have, and realise that just because some societies are more supple in the positive changes they have made for girls and women, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight for gender equality and women’s rights everywhere. Globalisation is not just about economics and migration, but also about shared thought and solidarity. Change cannot happen in isolation, but only in unity
Because I am a Girl I believe … that things are getting better, but so much more still needs to be done. Like this campaign, we need to shine spotlights on the dark corners of the world where girls and women suffer just because of their gender.
Because I am a Girl I hope … that soon Irish women and women everywhere will be given control over their own health and have the right to choose how they want to enact that control. That is a human right.
Because I am a Girl I wonder … about my sisters who are less lucky than I am. I wonder about the girls and women who make clothes in awful conditions destined for the high streets in my city. I wonder about the lives of those in strict religious regimes. Are they just like me? I wonder about girls and women who toil in fields for meagre wages just to feed their families. I wonder about girls and women whose lives revolve around survival, and not the silly things I worry about due to the privileges I have, just because I happened to be born in Ireland. I wonder about girls and women trafficked to my country and the horrible experiences they have. I wonder about the girls women subjected to abuse behind closed doors. I wonder how we can stop these massive violations.
Because I am a Girl I dream … of equality for all women everywhere in pay, opportunities, and representation.
Because I am a Girl I remember … the girls and women who have fought for women’s rights around the world and who continue to do so. They have passed down amplifiers to all for our voices to be heard louder on the behalf of girls and women everywhere.
Because I am a Girl I like … solidarity. Seeing boys and men march for women’s rights, call out sexism, and stand up for their sisters is a hugely positive thing.
Because I am a Girl I dislike … how the media sexualises and misrepresents women. It sends an incredibly negative message and embeds impossible ideals about body image into our collective subconscious.
Because I am a Girl I feel … empowered, because throughout history, the people who have affected the greatest change are women.
Because I am a Girl I celebrate … my gender at every opportunity. Gender is not a weakness.