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iWish Online Event

The iWish event took place online on Thursday the 4th of March, with all of our TYs taking part!
iWish Online Event

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made…..It shouldn’t be that women are the exception".

This quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg epitomises the central message portrayed to thousands of girls attending the iWish virtual event today. Focusing on encouraging girls to get involved in STEM activities and careers, the event featured many inspirational speakers and aimed to broaden the minds and interests of young Irish females, including our Transition Years.

Broadcast Live on Thursday 4th March, the event was presented by RTE sports analyst and stalwart of gender equality, Jacqui Hurley. An inspiration in her own right, just last year she penned a bestselling read about women in sport called ‘Girls Play Too ’. She was joined by two budding teenagers who surfed the social media waves, boosting morale amongst the younger generation. Such was the high-profile nature of the event; prizes were sponsored by internationally known brands such as Fitbit.

The event was politically recognised and supported with An Taoiseach Michéal Martin officially opening the day. He acknowledged the lack of females in the STEM workforce and reassured listener’s of the government initiatives and supports aimed at tackling this societal issue.

Following on from the official launch, viewers were treated to an array of inspirational speakers such as Mary Robinson, Gillian Keating and representatives from the technology giant Dell. Former president Robinson stressed the importance of having role models, speaking on the wide range of women she met all over the world. Gillian Keating, a key figure in the running of iWish spoke eloquently about the hidden technologies in our lives and the power we all hold in deciding the future of our world.

Overall, the day certainly helped boost confidence in our girls in relation to engaging in science, maths, engineering and technology. It is fitting that this event took place ahead of International Women’s week, beginning on Monday next, 8th of March. Certainly, a reminder of how we all must play our part in banishing stereotypes from our society in a bid to bring equality for once and for all.

Mar a deir an seanfhocal, “Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí".

Written by Cathy Ryan Dundon (TY)

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