Put your words in action
Second-level students who feel strongly about issues in the developing world have an opportunity make their case through the ActionAid Speech Writing Competition, the closing date for which is January 19.
The competition is open to 14 to 17-year-olds, who are asked to write a speech - about 10 minutes long or between 850 and 1,000 words - dealing with one of the following topics:
l the sustainable development goals that will make the world fairer by 2030;
l goal five of the sustainable development goals - "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls" - is the most important goal for long-term development;
l gender equality should be a part of every one of the sustainable development goals.
Entries must be submitted with a completed and signed questionnaire (available at actionaid.ie/speech-writing-competition, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: ActionAid Ireland, 172 Ivy Exchange, Granby Place, Parnell Square, Dublin 1).
The first prize, which will be awarded after the final in March, is a visit to Brussels in June for two students and their teachers to learn about advocating for women's rights at a European level.