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Loreto GEMs

Loreto GEMs

Loreto Convent, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal


The Idea

The main goal of this project is to influence the mindsets of younger generations so that young people will grow up to perceive both genders as equal and understand that your gender cannot limit you in any subject or skill. The YSI team have done this through story-telling and toys.

The team chose this issue because they all felt passionately about the importance of gender equality. As members of an all-girls school the team had often been subject to the effects of gender inequality. For example, subjects like wood work are not available in their school. They were also influenced by the fact the all Ireland hurling final for women did not receive even a fraction of the coverage that the men's all Ireland final received.

The Action

Initially the team researched the issue. They then planned all the movements they could carry out to help this issue. They contacted various secondary schools and primary schools both locally and nationally. They created and distributed a survey and then analysed the results they received. They collaborated with Lottie Dolls to create a competition for Primary School students and to produce a doll. They also created a gender equality based super hero book titled ‘Heroes and She-roes’. 

The Impact

The team visited local primary schools, and have donated 30 books to each of these schools. They have also created a wider gender equality conservation amongst both children and adults. 

The team hopes that the book will be used over a number of years and their message to stop gender stereotypes will continue to be spread.

Department of Rural and Community Development
Healthy Ireland
WorldWise Global Schools
Department of Education and Skills
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Tomar Trust
Department of Social Protection
Vodafone Foundation
The Dormant Accounts Fund