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International Women's Day 19 - Ella O'Reilly

Ella O’Reilly, Derry House

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

I believe it to be a global movement for highlighting and combating women’s rights violations in both LIDCs (Low-income Developing Countries) and ACs (Advanced Countries). It is also a celebration of women, both in the past and today.

Which women are you inspired by?

Both of my sisters - they are encouraging and have managed to overcome obstacles in their lives. Also Princess Diana, she worked to overcome the stigmas and prejudices against AIDS patients to prevent them from feeling isolated. This is inspiring to me as she did something that was frowned upon in society but managed to change the perception people had.

What role or impact would you like to play in relation to women's rights, today?

At the moment, I want to be a role model for our younger students in school. Whilst my academics aren’t the strongest, with determination I’ve reached where I am today as one of the strongest leaders in the school.

What are your future aspirations?

I wish to work in Human Rights Activism specialising in women’s rights violations or combating Climate Change, to make a change to our global society.