Announcing SHINE19!

This week has been a busy one here at Shona, but next week going to be even bigger! Next Friday, October 11th, we will welcome 1,000 girls from across the South East to ‘SHINE 19: A Celebration of International Day of the Girl.’ We’re thrilled to be working with Beat102103 again to bring these girls

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A helpful Glossary of sexual terms and words to help you be sound.

LGBTQAI+ – It’s all in the plus 😄 As someone who works in the area of sexuality, I sometimes forget that all of the letters can look like a crazy confusing bowl of alphabetti spaghetti to someone who isn’t so familiar – and that’s OK! As terms evolve and people discover more ways to express themselves,

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My Own Revolution: By Abigail ❤️

For so long the fast fashion industry has made people feel like they’re not enough, have to look a certain way and they have to dress a certain way. The fast fashion industry has made us feel like we have to keep up with the latest “trends” that they change every two weeks, they make

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Fancy Yourself As a Motivational Speaker?

Got something to say? Want to be heard? Well. Here’s your chance to SHINE!! Our mates at Zeminar are inviting you to share the main stage with Rory’s Stories, telling your story to over 1,000 people on October 8th. If you are one of the 3 young people chosen, your speech will be recorded, produced

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Who Says Women Cant Be Funny? By Libby

I grew up in a funny household. We were the kind of family where you couldn’t say “bed” instead of “bread” on a Monday morning without the whole house reminding you of it for the next ten years. My mother, the eternal nutjob, does Godfather impressions when she’s trying to convince my stepdad that we

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Celebrating Hijabi Women In Sport: By Eiman

For every well-known woman fighting to break barriers every day, there is about 10 quiet heroes, who don’t even know they’re making history.*  *This stat is not supported by any type of research and isn’t to be taken word for word! My point is that there are women/warriors who a lot of us may never have heard us. So allow

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learning !!! to !!! love !!! your !!! body!!!: By Abigail

I have such a weird relationship with my body and my self confidence. It’s become the “norm” for people to slag their own appearance and disagree with compliments about themselves but I think it’s time we put all that energy into loving our bodies.  When I went away for the summer I was so so scared

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Who’s Your Irish Heroine?

This is so amazing. RTE are partnering with our friends at Herstory (remember they projected our images on the GPO that time?), to create animation projects to celebrate Ireland’s forgotten Irish heroines. Starting next Spring, the animations will celebrate Ireland’s great female trailblazers, many of whom have been overlooked by history or whose stories are

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When Your Parents Aren’t Getting Along..

We all think that everyone else has the perfect family, and that ours are the only ones who are completely dysfunctional. When we visit our friends homes, their parents are sweetness and light, the house is always clean, and they are loving to each other. NEWSFLASH: ITS A FACADE! Every family has its ups and

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Jesy Nelson on the Dark Side of Fame

In a new documentary called “Odd One Out”, Little Mix star, Jesy Nelson has opened up about how the vile and cruel comments she received online drove her to attempt to take her own life. Thrown into the spotlight after winning The X Factor in 2010, Jesy was immediately hit by online bullies in the

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Demi On Learning To Love Her Body

Question, what do you see when you look at this picture? There’s only one word that comes to our minds, and its FIERCE! By posting this photo earlier today, Demi Lovato says that she has conquered “biggest fear” by showing her fans what she looks like without Photoshop. “This is my biggest fear. A photo

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Who Is…The Notorious RBG?

Does this face look familiar? Meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg, AKA The Notorious RBG. RBG is an American lawyer, and one of 8 judges that sit on the US Supreme Court (the highest court in the US). When she was appointed in 1993, Ruth was only the 2nd ever woman to be given the title. She

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Counselling and Me: By Izzy

Honesty. As a child, we are taught that being honest is one of the most important things we can be. But what is honesty? For me, it’s being open about my experiences and sharing my stories as truthfully as I can.   Learning to be open and honest is hard work. This month, I finished up counselling, after spending a

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20 Dr Seuss Quote To Live By

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss, is one of the best known children’s writers of all time. Born March 2nd, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, he published over 46 books, and created timeless characters including The Grinch, The Lorax, and The Cat In The Hat. While a lot of his writings sound like lovely

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15 Signs That Your Friend is Not Your Friend

You’ve been friends since pre-school. Your parents get on. She’s like family. You have matching friendship bracelets. She’s your bestie for life. Or is she? Unfortunately, friendships sometimes go bad, or run their course. Especially friends that we made when we were babies, because over time, you develop into very different people, and its just

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13 Ways You Can Help Save The Earth

Its all looking a bit grim at the moment. The rain forests are burning, the weather has gone crazy, and its all very worrying. As if us young people don’t have enough to worry about, now we can add eco-anxiety to the list. Sometimes it all feels a little too much. What can we do?

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“My Thoughts On Minority Mental Health” By Blessing

Did you know that July was Minority Mental Health Awareness Month? Here, Blessing Dada explains why MMHAM is so important to her… Bebe Moore Campbell was a leading African American journalist, novelist, and a national spokesperson for individuals and families affected by mental illness in the United States. She was also one of the founding members

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