The Shona Project Presents SHINE Festival

22nd February 2021

On Monday, March 8th to Wednesday, March 10th, The Shona Project along with its media partners will launch SHINE Festival #Shine4Shona.

The 3-day event will kick off on International Women’s Day with over 80 speakers including Vicky Phelan, Laura Whitmore, Holly Cairns, Evanna Lynch, and many, many more, on topics such as mental health, mindset, career, diversity, individuality, the arts, sports, social issues, and sustainability. There will also be music, poetry, pledges, and even a treasure hunt. Thanks to the SHINE Festival partners, AIB, Life Style Sports, SAP and West Pharma, SHINE will be available completely free of charge and can be accessed anywhere at any time throughout the 3 days. The Shona Project wants to ensure that those who would need it most can access it. Attendees will be joining the 100 schools and 20,000 female students already registered to attend the SHINE Festival.

Tammy Darcy, Founder and CEO of The Shona Project said: “Like everyone else, the young women we work with have been hugely affected by COVID-19, they are feeling more stressed, isolated and anxious than ever before. SHINE allows us to provide them with the inspiration they need right now, and invites them to become part of an empowering movement of women who are strong, resilient and positive.”

The Shona Project strives to create a support system for all the teenage girls as they navigate their way through growing up. Over lockdown, Tammy has written a book, titled – You’ve Got This! where she provides a positive and empowering guide designed to help girls find their place in the world and grab life with both hands which will be published by Gill Books on 26th of March. Full of practical information on handling the challenges of the teenage years with a healthy mindset, it covers topics like finding your friendship tribe, handling peer pressure, healthy body image, periods, love, sex and relationships, exam pressure and navigating the online world. Information on where to pre-order her new book will be made available at SHINE to provide continued support to the attendees after SHINE Festival has ended.

Vicky Phelan, SHINE Festival Main Stage Speaker, Author and Women’s Health Advocate said: “The work Tammy and The Shona Project do is amazing, absolutely fantastic. I don’t think Tammy realises how many people and how many girls she is helping with The Shona Project. I am always astonished at what she has achieved.“

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