Limerick student impresses in ActionAid speech writing competition

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Limerick student impresses in ActionAid speech writing competition

Bernitta Ohaa receiving her certificate at the finals

A LIMERICK student made the finals of a national speech writing competition for an inspiring piece of work on women’s rights.

Bernitta Ohaa, a student at Villier’s Secondary School, was highly commended in the national ActionAid Speech Writing Competition 2019.

Ten student finalists emphatically delivered their speeches in front of a panel of judges at the final, held in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. 

“This is the fifth year of the Speech Writing Competition,” ActionAid Ireland chief executive Siobhán McGee said. 

“We received our most entries to date and are humbled by the effort and enthusiasm that goes in to every entry. 

“This year’s finalists displayed excellent knowledge and understanding of the importance of championing women’s rights across the globe,” she added. 

The competition is part of ActionAid’s women’s rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, which promotes engagement with the Irish public to raise awareness about these global issues.

The women’s rights programme, which was nominated for a Dóchas innovation award in 2018, works to end early girl marriage, prevent gender-based violence, gain land rights for women and help children receive an education.

ActionAid Ireland uses a Behaviour Change approach to this work in Ethiopia, Kenya and Nepal; the approach has helped participating women and girls, men and boys, and traditional and cultural leaders to move away from damaging behaviours.

The speeches were judged on delivery, writing skills and understanding of the topic.

Limerick student Bernitta gave an inspiring speech on women’s rights but was just pipped to the post by the two winning students, Clodagh Boyce and Kirsten Soney-Ituen.