Sparking Change Podcast

Dil Wickremasinghe shines a light on the latest social justice and mental health stories and hopes to spark positive social change one conversation at a time.

Just one week after her decade long Newstalk show “Global Village” was abruptly cancelled, Dil joined The HeadStuff Podcast Network to create her brand new podcast, Sparking Change with Dil. Her new podcast will continue the work she began over a decade ago on national radio but will be even more ambitious. Along with her dedicated team Dil hopes to raise awareness, break down barriers and stigma, and nurture social entrepreneurship and active citizenship.

The weekly hour long episode is released on Monday mornings and comprises of two or three segments based on the latest social justice and mental health stories.

Dil is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist and began her career in Irish media in 2006 by volunteering in Phoenix FM, a community radio station in Blanchardstown. Just two years later she began presenting a weekly 2 hour live show on Newstalk 106-108 FM.

“My decade long show was axed just weeks after I publicly spoke out about a fellow presenter’s views on rape, I am determined more than ever to continue my work as a journalist and advocate for the voiceless in our society. It has always been my personal belief that equality for one person is equality for all and have always regarded my work more than just a job but my own civic duty to inspire positive social change one conversation at a time.”

Sparking Change with Dil is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and all other podcast apps, as well as HeadStuff.org/Dil

 

Recent Show Feed from HeadStuff.org

  • Sparking Change with Dil #13 | Breastfeeding: Any Boob In A Storm
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on January 8, 2018 at 5:59 am

    On Sparking Change this week we highlight Breastfeeding! According to the World Health Organization, if every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, and continued up to the age of two years, about 800 000 child lives would be saved every year. Dil […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #13 | Breastfeeding: Any Boob In A Storm se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #12 | A New Year’s Mental Health Message
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on January 1, 2018 at 5:15 am

    On a New Year’s day Sparking Change Dil talks about how we need to view mental health as being much more than just an illness but a natural part of the human experience. Let’s be honest, being a young person these days can be hard especially when you are up against the negative stereotypes that […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #12 | A New Year’s Mental Health Message se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #11 | A Sparking Christmas Special
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on December 25, 2017 at 5:46 am

    On a very festive Sparking Change Christmas Special Dil shares what Christmas means to her and how it can be a bittersweet time of the year for many. Stand Up Comedian Steve Cummins joins us for a bit of a festive laugh in his very Christmasy jumper and shares his unique insights about parenting. Our […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #11 | A Sparking Christmas Special se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #10 | Behind the Scenes at Songs And Words – A Home For All
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on December 18, 2017 at 4:00 am

    On a very special episode of Sparking Change, Dil and her team were given full access to all areas at the Songs And Words – A Home For All protest concert, featuring Glen Hansard, Frances Black, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and more, held outside the Dáil on Tuesday 14th December 2017. The concert was organised as part of […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #10 | Behind the Scenes at Songs And Words – A Home For All se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #9 | Perinatal Mental Health
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on December 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

    In her weekly editorial Dil talks about the importance of nurturing a sense of spirituality as part of enhancing wellbeing and mental health. We focus on Perinatal Mental Health as Ireland launched its first perinatal mental health strategy and hear how the quality of the birth can impact on the mental health of women. We […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #9 | Perinatal Mental Health se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #8 | Ibrahim Halawa
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on December 4, 2017 at 5:02 am

    In the summer of 2013 a 17-year-old Ibrahim Halawa travelled to Egypt with his 3 sisters, Omaima, Somaia and Fatima Halawa, to visit their extended family. A tradition they had followed almost every summer since they were born. Ibrahim had just completed his leaving cert and was applying to college in Dublin to study engineering. […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #8 | Ibrahim Halawa se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #7 | World AIDS Day and FemFest
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on December 1, 2017 at 5:01 am

    In her editorial Dil talks honestly about her body image issues and how giving birth helped her heal her relationship with her body. We mark World Aids Day as we ask, from a Global and Irish perspective, are we anywhere near to zero infections? We hear about Femfest, a leadership conference organised by the National Women’s Council of Ireland […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #7 | World AIDS Day and FemFest se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #6 | Homeless and Housing Crisis in Ireland
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on November 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

    This week we dedicate the full episode to the homeless and housing crisis in Ireland. In her editorial Dil shares her own personal experience of being homeless in Sri Lanka and how it impacted her mental health. We speak to people on the ground who are voluntarily helping people struggling with homelessness while also attempting […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #6 | Homeless and Housing Crisis in Ireland se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #5 | James Kavanagh, Monnine Griffith & Grace Dyas
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on November 17, 2017 at 5:02 am

    This week on Sparking Change in her editorial Dil talks about the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI young people to come out as part of BeLonG To’s STAND UP LGBT Awareness Week. Social media influencer and Snapchat sensation James Kavanagh joins us to share his personal experience of homophobic bullying […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #5 | James Kavanagh, Monnine Griffith & Grace Dyas se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #4 | Maia Dunphy, Louise O’Neill and Noeline Blackwell
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on November 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Dil shares her experience of sexual assault in the workplace as part of the #MeToo global movement. We meet Irish blogger, author, broadcaster and television producer Maia Dunphy she is now a mum of 2 year old Tom and has written her first book The M Word where she shares her experiences of dealing with […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #4 | Maia Dunphy, Louise O’Neill and Noeline Blackwell se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

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