Senator Ivana Bacik is the Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin (previously held by Mary Robinson and President Mary McAleese).
She is a Senior Lecturer and also a Fellow of Trinity College (elected in 2005), and a practising barrister. Ivana was elected to the Seanad in 2007 and is a much needed radical new left-wing and feminist voice there.
Because I am a Girl I ask … that women and girls would no longer encounter obstacles to their chances of happiness in life based on their gender; that they would no longer be subjected to gender-based violence; to female genital mutilation; or to unjust and discriminatory practices that affect them only because they are women or girls.
Because I am a Girl I believe … that discrimination against women and girls should end; that all of us as human beings have the right to be treated equally; and that equality is a human right.
Because I am a Girl I hope … to see a changed world in my lifetime so that our daughters will have the same chances and opportunities as the boys of their age; and so that they will know that their sisters in the developing world will no longer have to face gender discrimination either.
Because I am a Girl I wonder … whether we will ever achieve an equal world, or whether we will even just improve our figures on women’s political representation in Ireland – we are still at an appallingly low rate of only 13% of TDs who are women.
Because I am a Girl I dream … of achieving an equal world, a world in which individuals are valued for their own unique characteristics.
Because I am a Girl I remember … being taught by my mother that I had the same opportunities and chances as my brothers.
Because I am a Girl I like … to read of the great achievements made by this generation of women, and by younger women who are striving for greater equality.
Because I am a Girl I dislike … those who argue that change will happen naturally. We know that change for greater equality will not come about unless we fight for it.
Because I am a Girl I feel … proud when I think how much my mother’s generation has achieved for greater equality for women.
Because I am a Girl I … Hope and believe that my generation will achieve even greater progress towards equality for women.
– Ivana Bacik