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Monday 21 August 2017

Aoibhinn joins Beyonce's power drive

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Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Ryan Tubridy

Broadcaster and lecturer Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin has joined the likes of global superstar Beyonce to become an ambassador for the empowerment of women.

The UCD academic and other half of Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy has signed up to the Chime for Change initiative.

The movement was founded last year by Beyonce Knowles, designer Frida Giannini and actor Salma Hayek and is a global campaign to unite, convene and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women throughout the world.

Now Aoibhinn will be its ambassador here and will raise awareness about the importance of education in empowering women both at home and abroad.

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"I've been lucky enough to travel the world and I've been to India and Uganda and you can see the difference that access to education and health makes," she told the Herald.

"Women are the cornerstones of these communities, and it's so important that they have access to education," she added.

While the organisation has a global reach, Kellogg's Special K will be supporting the Barnardos Teen Parent Support Programme in Ireland.

"It's a global project and Special K will be funding a number of different projects which the public can vote on so it's a really great charity to be involved in," Aoibhinn told the Herald.

She said that one project is the Teen Parent Support Programme.

"It's a really important service helping young women in Ireland to continue in education so they and their children build their confidence and opportunities for their future," she said.

Aoibhinn is currently working towards her PhD in mathematics education at Trinity College Dublin and has long been an advocate for women in science.

"It's not something that I would think of myself as being but if I can be a role model for young girls and encourage them to get involved in maths and science then that's great," she said.

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