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Speech Writing Competition

We are now taking entries for the second national Speech Writing Competition!

The Prize

A visit to Malawi to see ActionAid’s Irish Aid funded women’s rights programme first hand in 2016. 

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? 

To Enter

To be eligible: Students must be aged between 14 to 17 years as of 11th January 2016

Speech Length: 10 minutes approximately or 850 and 1,000 words.

Deadline: 11th January 2016

Final: Royal Irish Academy, Dublin 2, Thursday 3rd March 2016

Email entries to OR

Post to:

ActionAid Ireland

Ivy Exchange,

172 Granby Place,

Parnell Square,

Dublin 1, Ireland

Entries must be submitted with a signed declaration of original work

For more information please read our terms and conditions or email

This year's final is sponsored by Dublin Bus and the Trophy for the winning school is sponsored Four Courts Press

Last Year’s Final

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

2015 Judges

In 2015 we were honoured to have three fantastic judges, known for their public speaking:

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.

Sharon Ní Bheoláin is a journalist and the co-anchor of RTE One’s Six One News.

Tom Meagher is an ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest male-led movement to end violence against women.

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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