Competition for 4th, 5th and 6th Year Students

Would you like to win a trip to the United Nations in New York?

Could you create a short, clever, insightful video on why ‘Politics Needs Women’?


This year on December 14, Ireland will be marking 100 years since women first exercised the right to vote and stand for election.  This competition gives young people a chance to say why that was, and continues to be, hugely important to both our political system and our society.


The competition can only be entered, on behalf of students, by a school.  Only one entry will be accepted per school, but it is hoped that many students will create and share videos on the topic before the school makes its selection.


Videos must be short, 90 seconds maximum.  They must be created by a team of two students who address in their video the question of why ‘Politics Needs Women’. The students must be in 4th, 5th or 6th year and only one entry will be accepted per school.


The prize

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 14 of December 2018 to celebrate 100 years of women getting the right to vote in national elections.


How to enter

One video project can be submitted per school. The video should be a maximum of 90 seconds long and can be in any format. The video can be funny, informative, creative or all three! You can talk to the camera, do interviews, use graphics, interviews, animation, anything you like once it’s no longer than 90 seconds.


The competition is open to 4th, 5th and 6th year students. Videos should be posted on a USB with a letter of endorsement by the participating school, accompanied with signed consent forms to Department of Justice and Equality, Floor 2, Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s Hill, Dublin 2. 


Politics Needs Women - Promotional Poster

Politics Needs Women Video Competition - Rules and Guidelines


Politics Needs Women Video Competition - Consent Form



The closing date for receipt of videos is 5pm Monday 3 December 2018.


Queries can be emailed to genderequality@justice.ie