Claire Beck, Radio Presenter and DJ

Claire Beck, Radio Presenter and DJ

Claire Beck presents the Drivetime show on Phantom 105.2 in Dublin. She has spent many years DJing in clubs all over Ireland and also has her own business, a specialist pet shop and website

She recently returned from Gonaives, Haiti where she took part in Haven Partnership’s “Build it Week” and plans to return in October for the next one. Plan Ireland and Haven have recently worked in partnership on transitional shelter projects in Haiti.

Because I am a Girl I ask…questions. If I believe that something is unjust I will question it. Luckily, I live in a country where the most trouble this will get me in will be a heated debate/argument. This saddens me that this is not the case everywhere and it should be.

Because I am a Girl I believe…that every single person has the right to an education.

Because I am a Girl I hope…that the money promised to Haiti after the earthquake will materialise now that Martelly is in government. I hope that it is spent to benefit and improve the lives of the Haitian people, not to line a few corrupt pockets.

Because I am a Girl I wonder…what it must be like to live in a culture where women are perceived and treated as 2nd class citizens.

Because I am a Girl I dream…a lot. I believe that it is important to have dreams, hopes and aspirations and to work towards realising them.

Because I am a Girl I remember…how important it is to talk to my friends about it when I’m feeling down. I really feel for men suffering from mental health issues, society says that they must always appear strong and shouldn’t talk about it so it must be terribly difficult to open up.

Because I am a Girl I like…to laugh. Sometimes it’s all we can do!

Because I am a Girl I dislike…when people assume that I can’t do my job as well as a man could. Sadly this assumption often comes from other women!

Because I am a Girl I feel…afraid for the safety of the vulnerable women and children living in the tenthoods in Port Au Prince.

Because I am a Girl I…probably spent about four times as long as a man would have thinking up these answers!

– Claire Beck

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