Charlie Flanagan launches the competition at Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaosie.
Scoil Chríost Rí secondary school in Portlaoise was the venue for the launch of a United Nations schools competition by Laois Minister and TD Charlie Flanagan.
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD launched the competition for 4th, 5th and 6th Year students with a winning prize of a trip to the United Nations in New York for the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from 11 to 13 March 2019.
The competition is being held to mark the 100th anniversary of Irish women winning the right to vote and stand for election. To enter, students must work in teams of two to create a video up to 90 seconds long on why 'Politics Needs Women'. Entries are welcomed from all students, irrespective of gender.
Launching the competition at Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise, Minister Flanagan said December 14th, Ireland will mark 100 years since Irishwomen first exercised their right to vote and to stand for election.
"This was a crucial landmark on Ireland's path to democracy. This competition gives young people a chance to say why women's participation in politics was and continues to be, hugely important to both our political system and our society. I'm encouraging students to be imaginative with their videos. They can be funny, they can be informative, they can be creative - they can be all three!"
Entries will be accepted on behalf of students via their school, with a limit of one entry per school. Letters are issuing this week to all secondary schools to inform them of the competition. The Ministers are encouraging schools to consider running their own internal competitions to select their entry in order to ensure that as many students as possible have the chance to create and share videos on the topic before the school makes its selection.
The winning team and their teacher will join Ireland's official delegation to the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 13 March 2019, for the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. A selection of the videos submitted will also be played at a national conference in Dublin on the 14th December 2018 to celebrate the centenary.
The closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Monday 3rd December 2018.
Further material, including the full rules, resources and a promotional poster, can be downloaded here