Teen makes use of TikTok to advertise girls in agriculture
This week we hear from some of Ireland’s most inspiring teenagers in our Quaran-Teen series. They share their experiences, what motivates them and their hopes for the future.
17-year-old Lauren Ennis is passionate about empowering women in agriculture.
The teenager from Co Offaly uses the social media platform TikTok to show what it’s like to work on her family farm.
The self-described “culchie tiktoker” has over 68,000 followers on the social media platform and hopes to be a role model and gain respect and recognition for women in agriculture.
Lauren wants more recognition for women in agriculture
She said, “You know, a woman is where she wants to be and where she is happiest. I have a feeling that women in agriculture often don’t get the recognition or respect we deserve. And I feel as a whole as in agriculture. ” Community needs to support women more.
“So what motivates me to post agri TikToks is that the young girls who may not have the confidence show them farming. I knew when I was younger that I could be someone to look up to if I had someone older than me. ” much more confident. “
Lauren also uses the platform to address negative comments she receives for her TikToks.
“Most of the time, you will get sexist comments and if you speak to them they will often say that they are joking, but the thing is, girls or women never found that funny. No matter how old you are, when you are a little boy or if you are an old man this behavior is not acceptable.
“What defines all negative comments from boys and men for me are the young girls who then tell me that they now have the confidence to farm.
“Empowering the girls is something I’m very passionate about, but also because I’ve always been an animal lover from day one. For me, it’s just so rewarding to work with animals.”