New Because I am a Girl website now live!

Plan Ireland’s new Because I am a Girl website is now live! Following on from success of this Because I am a Girl weekly guest blog, we have created a new website which brings together the blog, videos and more information about the ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign.

We will not be posting new weekly blogs on this WordPress site any more but please check out the new website to view this week’s blog and leave a comment in the ‘Join the Conversation’ box!

See you there!

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Shauna Conry, Student

Shauna comes from Firhouse in Dublin and has just completed her Leaving Cert at Sancta Maria College. At school, she took part in the ‘Schools Across Borders’ programme, which brings young people together from Ireland, Israel and Palestine, as well as organising the school talent show. Shauna spent three weeks of work experience with Plan Ireland where she worked on the Because I am a Girl campaign.

Because I am a Girl I ask …  not to be judged by my gender.   

Because I am a Girl I believe … girls should join together and help to eliminate gender inequality worldwide.       

Because I am a Girl I hope … to travel the world.

Because I am a Girl I wonder … what it is like to be a boy.

Because I am a Girl I dream … of meeting Justin Bieber. 

Because I am a Girl I remember … how important my friends and family are.  

Because I am a Girl I like … reality TV, my phone and boy-bands!

Because I am a Girl I dislike … hearing girls are not treated for who they are.

Because I am a Girl I feel … grateful for the experiences and opportunities I have had in life. 

Because I am a Girl I celebrate… Suistmas (Summer-Christmas) on the 25th of June every year.

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Alison Curtis, radio presenter

Alison Curtis

Alison Curtis presents Phantom 105.2 talk show weekdays from 2PM. Originally from Canada she moved to Dublin in 1999 starting her radio career as a researcher on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM.

A few short years later she was producing the breakfast show along with presenting her own long standing music show on Sunday nights on Today FM, The Last Splash. She has presented on several TV3 programs, written for Hot Press, The Herald, Image Magazine and She moved to Phantom last year after having her first child.

Because I am a Girl I ask…for all of us to be treated as though we are equal but also for our differences to be celebrated.

Because I am a Girl I believe…we can achieve anything we set our sights on as long as we have the support of those who we love most.

Because I am a Girl I hope…I hope little girls grow up wanting to be little girls and grow into being strong independent women.

Because I am a Girl I wonder…how different things will be when my little girl is my age and I think about how different things were for my mother when she was a little girl.

Because I am a Girl I dream…that we will get to a time where gender no longer holds such influence over someone’s future.

Because I am a Girl I remember…never wanting to be a boy!

Because I am a Girl I like…the freedom we have to have close relationships, to hug, to laugh uncontrollably and to cry no matter who is looking at us.

Because I am a Girl I dislike…when girls feel the pressure to be someone else other than themselves, just to fit in.

Because I am a Girl I feel…we are lucky to feel and experience things that boys will never be able to.

Because I am a Girl I celebrate...that we are different, that we have qualities and quirks that are distinctly girly and that these are often celebrated.

– Alison Curtis

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Lisa McInerney, writer, editor and columnist

Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney is an Irish writer, editor and columnist. She is co-owner of Irish magazine site, writes regularly for The, and has appeared at literary festivals both at home and in the US discussing new media and its literary possibilities.

She studied English in UCC and as such has a terrible habit of littering her prose with Cork slang, like. She lives in Galway with her husband, their daughter, and an assortment of pets of the hairy persuasion.

Because I am a Girl I ask…questions of everything. Why things are the way they are, why I act the way I do, why certain achievements or compliances or even failures are expected of me. Being born outside of privilege because you’re a girl means seeing the world for its challenges as well as for its opportunities.

Because I am a Girl I believe…in the strength of other girls. I know that my outlook and experiences are not unique and I know that makes me part of a collective of strong, brave and intelligent women. We have compassion, wisdom and ingenuity and we will continue to shape the world for the better.

Because I am a Girl I hope…for conditions for girls all over the world to improve. I can’t say whether luck or fate had any hand in my being born in a country where I had access to education and healthcare and State support, but I know that there is no difference between me and a girl born into a more challenging society, except in terms of external circumstances.

Because I am a Girl I wonder…why everyone doesn’t understand the importance of individual worth, regardless of a person’s gender. I wonder how certain communities can disregard the potential in their female population. I wonder why ancient traditions damage the here and now and I wonder why it’s so difficult to change.

Because I am a Girl I dream…in colour. I see a vibrant future full of possibilities and I know it’s not a million miles away.

Because I am a Girl I remember…moments where I might have been made feel inadequate or insignificant because of my gender, and understanding why that might have happened or what I can do to prevent it happening again motivates me.

Because I am a Girl I like…kick-ass female role models in pop culture, of whom there are more and more every day, and the freedom to adopt different styles, looks and even characters(!) depending on what I feel like on any given day.

Because I am a Girl I dislike…advertising that makes girls feel inadequate, society assuming that if something is exclusively geared towards girls it mustn’t have any cultural value, and the notion that 51% of the world’s population is a minority group with specialist issues!

Because I am a Girl I feel…like I can take on the world. I already know that I am strong, brave and loved; with that knowledge any girl can take on the world.

Because I am a Girl I celebrate…every single day. We girls have such an amazing legacy gifted to us by the hard work and determination of the women who came before us, and we have in turn the responsibility to give our daughters an even better future. Pay it forward, as the saying goes.

– Lisa McInerney

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Kitty, blogger, Red Lemonade

Kitty ~ Red Lemonade

Kitty is a Dublin-based graphic designer and blogger, originally from Waterford. She runs her own blog, Red Lemonade, where she rambles excitedly about various bits and pieces of pop culture that catch her eye, as well as lovingly making fun of Sweet Valley High books.

She is also a contributor to popular sites such as, and Where’s Grandad? and was listed as one of the “12 New Faces for 2012” by Woman’s Way, which was very nice of them. She has a devastating weakness for bacon fries and Tanora.

Because I am a Girl I ask…that the media stop trying to pit women against each other and that advertisers stop inventing problems to make women feel bad about about themselves so they’ll buy their stupid products.

Because I am a Girl I believe…that Irish women will soon be given autonomy over their own bodies. I mean, it’s 2012 after all, come on lads.

Because I am a Girl I hope…that the day will come when women and girls all over the world will have the same rights and freedoms as their male counterparts.

Because I am a Girl I wonder…when Youth Defence will kindly disappear off the face of the earth.

Because I am a Girl I dream…of owning my own hoverboard. Tick tock, science people.

Because I am a Girl I remember…wanting to be She-Ra when I grew up.

Because I am a Girl I like…smart TV shows with wonderful and funny female characters like those in 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Community. And brightly coloured nail polish.

Because I am a Girl I dislike…bullying of any sort. And overuse of exclamation marks.

Because I am a Girl I feel…excited that so many women and men today are proudly identifying as feminists.

Because I am a Girl I celebrate…the fact that positive change is coming, slowly but surely, for women in Ireland and all over the world.

– Kitty

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Rachel Madden, Google

Rachel Madden

Rachel Madden currently works in Google as an Online Media Associate. Rachel graduated from UCD in 2010 after studying Business and Legal Studies for four years. After graduating, Rachel spent 6 months as a marketing intern for an Irish online gifts company located in Dublin which sparked her interest in online marketing.

Because I am a Girl I ask…that we take care of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Because I am a Girl I believe…that we are, all of us, capable of great things.

Because I am a Girl I hope…that all children receive an education because education is power.

Because I am a Girl I wonder…if we’ll ever catch ‘man-flu’. Unlikely!

Because I am a Girl I dream…that all women and girls around the world have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams – whatever they may be.

Because I am a Girl I remember…it takes courage to determine who you are and where you want to go.

Because I am a Girl I like…that “a woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Because I am a Girl I dislike…girls not supporting one another.

Because I am a Girl I feel…thankful for all of my family and friends.

Because I am a Girl I celebrate…that I can continue my professional career while balancing the demands and responsibilities of being a woman.

– Rachel Madden

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Rosie Hand, Dublin Institute of Technology

Rosie Hand

Rosie Hand is Programme Co-ordinator of the M.Sc. Advertising and Postgraduate Diploma in Advertising and Digital Communication at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She lectures in Marketing, Marketing Communications, Digital Communications and International Business at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Her industry experience includes areas as diverse as international marketing of textiles and luxury consumer goods; sales and marketing in commercial radio and marketing consultancy in the fields of education, financial services and eco-friendly waste management.

Rosie is currently undertaking doctoral research in the area of emerging organisational competencies in the digital space.

Because I am a Girl I ask…when will all children have equal access to education?

Because I am a Girl I believe…we all have extraordinary potential, unfortunately not all of us have been given the keys to unlock it.

Because I am a Girl I hope…that my children’s future has not been entirely jeopardised by our recent past.

Because I am a Girl I wonder…if we will ever have the courage to create an educational system capable of valuing individual learning styles.

Because I am a Girl I dream…that those responsible for  our current economic malaise understand how their actions have impacted directly on our children in terms of increased class sizes and painfully reduced educational resources.

Because I am a Girl I remember…when short shorts were in the first time around – I couldn’t wear them then either!

Because I am a Girl I like…girls’ lunches that finish well after 8pm and the interminable jokes of small children.

Because I am a Girl I dislike…the notion that a successful woman is a ballbreaker while a successful man is just doing his job.

Because I am a Girl I feel…privileged to be continuing my education – I am currently studying for my doctorate – because I am a passionate believer in life long learning.

Because I am a Girl I celebrate…all the little things that make up my lucky, lucky life, but god, do I ignore birthdays!

 – Rosie Hand

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