We're excited to announce we have a vacancy for a new trustee! We're looking for a passionate and motivated person to come on board (literally), support us and champion what we do. To keep the age balance required by our trust deed, we're after a wonderful individual who's preferably under 30 years of age.
Earlier this year, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York thanks to AYLI.
Since then, my eyes have been opened to how we can still engage with the United Nations and international community from afar. Just this week, I prepared an oral statement which (despite technical difficulties) was read to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at its 70th session in Geneva.
If the decisions to inscribe are not impartial, and are in fact influenced by political pressures, then whose heritage are we prioritising and celebrating? And, perhaps more importantly, who is being excluded?
To be honest, it hasn’t really sunk in that I’ll be getting on a flight this evening, travelling for 17hrs to Dubai and then another 2hrs to Bahrain. I’ve had work, been packing and sorting out logistics on my end so until I am standing in front of the international departure gates, this is all a dream.
Earlier this year we recruited for the first time in years. Now we have a position available to join AYLI's awesome team as our Design Leader! Love what we do? Don't miss this chance. Send your application in by midnight, 30 June.
The OECD Forum was the largest and longest conference that we, as a delegation, attended, however it was not the only one. We engaged in several meetings, workshops, and conferences over our time in Paris, leading to a brilliant accumulation of knowledge from a wide variety of sources. Read more to find out how we spent our two weeks in Paris - the right way.
Who we met, where we went, and what we did, at the OECD Forum 2018. The OECD Forum was the largest conference attended by the NZ Youth Delegation on our trip to Paris, with a rich mixture of speakers and panels speaking to the theme of ‘What Brings Us Together’
‘… a large part of how the public understands policy is a result of media representation, and therefore, government officials deliberately choreograph their workings in the public eye, so that they have more control over the subsequent media coverage.’
If there’s one thing I learnt over the course of our training weekend, it was the power of people. The power of people to be catalysts for change on the world’s largest stages and the power of people’s small actions lifting others.
Some reflection on the training weekend, one week out from the trip to the OECD Forum in Paris. Inside jokes, insightful conversations, and amazing guest speakers set the tone for what is sure to be an amazing journey..
As a History PhD student researching 1970s Vogue through a feminist lens, the review theme of women and media at CSW62 caught my attention immediately. I attended 10 sessions focusing exclusively on media over the 10 days of CSW, with topics ranging from community radio in Africa to Hollywood representation imbalances to Danish short films on elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals featuring Helen Mirren as narrator, and many other sessions included some form of discussion of the impact that media representation or access has on women in rural communities/women human rights defenders/women in politics etc.
Although I’ve been home from the USA for almost a month now, the issues raised at CSW62 are still percolating (very distracting for me now that I’m meant to be fully focused on my PhD research again!) In my last blog, way back in NYC, I shared some of my most interesting notes from each day of week 1, so for this third (very delayed) blog, I decided to revisit 3 sessions from week 2 that are still buzzing around in my head a month after the fact.
The big black dog has been following me around since my recent move to Kirikiriroa, Hamilton. And this trip... boy has my anxiety grown in the lead up to this trip. I think it is important to talk to my experience of being Maori... of not knowing my language... the insecurities..the anxiety that I feel..share it, and grow from it.
The past week has been totally overwhelming and totally awesome. I’ve been summarising my notes from each day for a select audience of my friends and family, so here are some of the highlights from my summaries of each day; some square brackets with my extra meta-thoughts on re-reading this stuff; and, to start off with, some key thoughts I have in general. Enjoy the madness and excuse the messiness, this is what my brain looks like now!