Natalya O’Flaherty, a young poet from Clondalkin in Dublin, delivers a hard-hitting spoken word piece about gender equality as part of RTÉ‘s The Big Picture, which examines what it is to be a woman in Ireland in 2018.

Commissioned by RTÉ, the raw and poignant video sees the 17-year-old spoken word artist perform her piece Not like other Girls, a powerful and personal reflection on the role of women and girls in society. 

"I didn’t abide by the agreed upon girl code laws, I didn't want to be 'girly' or soft or weak..."

In a year that marks 100 years of the women's vote in Ireland, the global #metoo movement, issues around gender pay gaps and the passing of the abortion referendum, RTÉ's The Big Picture shines a light on the issues around gender equality in Ireland.

The Big Picture culminates in a special documentary, The Big Picture - A Woman's World, on Thursday night on RTÉ One at 9.35pm followed by a live studio discussion with presenters Miriam O’Callaghan and Brendan Courtney along with Minister for Health Simon Harris.