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Speech Writing Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the ActionAid Ireland Speech Writing Competition 2015/2016, Lauren Conway from Coláiste Éinde in Galway and Jane Oyenuga, Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny. Both girls are going to Malawi in August with their teacher's to see the Irish Aid Women's Rights Programme First hand. 

The Topics for 2015/2016

  1. 2015 is European Year for Development, what can Ireland and Irish Citizens do to create a more equal world?
  2. The Human Rights Based Approach to Development looks at structural causes of inequality. How can this help women living in poverty?
  3. Why are women’s rights important within international development and ending poverty?  

The Final

After receiving over 100 speeches from 50 schools ActionAid chose ten finalists to deliver their speech in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin 2, on Tuesday 3rd March. Watch a video of the event here:

2016 Judges

In 2016 we were honoured to have three fantastic judges:

Louise O’Neill, Author

Frances Byrne, Board Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland

Brian Caden, Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The event was hosted by:

Rodney Rice is a Trustee of ActionAid Ireland and has over 40 years’ experience as a presenter and producer with RTE. For more than 25 years he travelled extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America covering development issues for Worlds Apart.

Irish Aid Funded Programme

ActionAid Ireland's women's rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, is being implemented in Malawi, Kenya, Vietnam and Nepal and is focused on ending violence against women and ensuring that women and girls can break the cycle of poverty and violence.  

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