Now in its ninth year, the STAND Student Festival has been bringing award-winning photography and film to campuses across Ireland every autumn. The festival is run by students, for students, with the aim of raising awareness about the burning issues shaping the world around us. The idea is to start conversations and to empower students to enact change.

The theme of this year’s festival is #GenderJusticeNow: From the Grassroots to the Global

The world has made huge strides towards the achievement of gender equality in recent years. More women than ever before have access to education, healthcare and opportunities in the workforce. LGBTQIA+ and gender-diverse people have won, and are continuing to fight for, expanded rights around the world. 

But the work is far from over. Women and gender minorities continue to face disproportionate discrimination, unequal access to opportunities, gender-based violence and lack of economic and financial justice. 

From the fight for sexual and reproductive rights, to the end of gender-based violence and the achievement of economic justice for women and gender minorities, this year’s festival celebrates the power of solidarity in bringing about change, and calls on us to continue to challenge inequality where we see it. 

Join us in standing up for #GenderJusticeNow. Take the pledge to become a Gender Justice Advocate, download your action pack, and join a movement of students around Ireland rising up for a just, equitable and sustainable world for all!

What you can to do get involved in this year’s festival:

  1. Check out this year’s exhibition on #GenderJusticeNow on your campus.
  2. Take the pledge to become a Gender Justice Advocate, receive your action pack, and tell your friends!
  3. Find our interactive info stand to learn about festival opportunities and events on your campus. 
  4. Join one of our Global Goals Jams in partnership with Concern, taking place on most campuses (keep updated on locations and times via our social media).
  5. Sign up to one of our short Global Issues Autumn Courses. More info soon!

You can also apply to be a Festival Ambassador on your campus – find out more here. 

Check out when we’ll be travelling to your campus:

26th September: University of Galway

3rd October: University College Cork + National College of Art and Design

10th October: University of Limerick + SETU Waterford

17th October: Trinity College Dublin

24th October: University College Dublin + Carlow College

31st October: Dublin City University

7th November: Maynooth University + SETU Carlow

14th November: TU Dublin + TUS Moylish

21st November: TUS Athlone


Check out our previous exhibitions developed by students! Every year our outdoor exhibition travels to campuses around Ireland highlighting global justice issues.

2016 Exhibition

2017 Exhibition

2018 Exhibition

2019 Exhibition

2020 Exhibition

2021 Exhibition