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BraveGirl heads to the United Nations!

Written by Steph Redhead  | 
I have some pretty big news I want to share with you all….
I along with my bestie Sally have been selected to be part of a delegation heading to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March 2019 in New York.  (Cue the squeals of excitement!)
It’s a pretty big deal for us!
The Economic and Social Council at the United Nations is the body responsible for initiatives for the advancement of women.  The Commission on the Status of Women is the functional commission that is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women.  Sally and I will be going as part of the delegation from Presbyterian Women of Aotearoa New Zealand which has Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC.
Essentially Sally and I are going because we want to learn about the policies and processes that are working towards development and progress for women internationally. We want to be better informed about what the United Nations are doing for equality and empowerment of women. We are passionate about these issues but we want to know, understand and do more! When we understand better we can move from 'just passionate' into effective response and involvement in solutions - and that is where I want to be and I believe where BraveGirl needs to be too. We are also really looking forward to meeting women from other UN countries whose stories and lives are similar yet completely different to our own.  And you all know how much I LOVE hearing people’s stories!
The exciting news for YOU is that you are coming with us!  
No not literally flying the thousands of miles with us (!) but through the gloriousness of technology, and social media we will be recording, filming and sharing our experiences with you on the BraveGirl platform. Like us I am sure that you want to be challenged, inspired and well informed women! And we want to be able to make the UN accessible to you and give you opportunity to get involved with us in doing something to make a better world for our daughters and future generation BraveGirls!
As with most amazing things there is (always) a catch!  Being part of this delegation means we have to self-fund the trip which just means the excitement of going is also equal to the daunting feelings of figuring out how to get there.  Sally and I both have young families and we work part-time jobs in retail and hospitality so ‘saving up’ isn’t enough of an option for us.  If you feel that supporting us financially in this venture is something you would like to do then please click on the link to the Give-a-little page we have set up.  We would so appreciate any gift to help us in our mission to get BraveGirl to the United Nations!

 

 

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