“We build them, we cross them, and sometimes we even burn them...TEDWomen 2017 will explore the many aspects of this year's theme: Bridges”
At AWDT we believe in a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive world. As supporters of TedXWellington, we are excited by the line-up of phenomenal “Bridge Builders” (entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, activists and thought leaders from business and civil society) who will be engaging and inspiring at #TedXWellingtonWomen2017.
This half day event on Saturday 4th November features two 90-minute blocks from the main TEDWomen event in New Orleans (taken place on 1-3 November), and will also include short workshops to extend the conversation after each of the screenings.
Wonderful to see Jackie Harrigan, #EscalatorAlumni, being recognised at the Rural Women Journalism Awards on Friday night. Jackie's articles for The Dairy Exporter saw her take out the 'DairyNZ Dairy Industry Award' which recognises the ability to communicate the complexities of the dairy industry. Congratulations Jackie Harrigan! ... See MoreSee Less
Agri-Women's Development Trust (AWDT) added 2 new photos.
Yesterday I returned home both exhausted and energized from my 10 days in the USA and attending 2017 EmergingWomenLive. Inspired and humbled how women are changing the world in the way they do business, educate, and support a better world. As today is #internationaldayofthegirlchild I wanted to share two extraordinary stories of young women changing and committing to empowering and improving the lives of young girls. Shiza Shahid who co -founded the Malala Fund with Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Jensine Larsen, an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist, who is the founder of World Pulse, a digital media network connecting women worldwide and bringing them a global voice. Both these young women share an unrelenting quest to empower the next generation of girls, to change their lives through education- to give them a voice. Young women themselves, they work in areas of the world where women are denied education through oppressive regimes, poverty, politics. They support ideas, groups of people, individuals and organisations where to educate women means you are at risk of your life. Hard for us in NZ to comprehend a world where to give a girl an education may literally put life at danger- but to not educate definitely puts life at danger through ignorance, lack of freedom and choice. The question I ask myself is why these two young women choose to dedicate their young careers to this change? The only answer is they have seen a great need and been moved to change outcomes. And the result of their action is the support of numerous movements of change throughout the world. It is a snowball effect when one women supports another, gives voice to another radical change occurs. In NZ we are blessed to live in a country where education is achieved without threat of death where young girls can achieve, but we can’t assume it is always easy. Today, on #internationaldayofthegirlchild let's think about our young girls in NZ. What communities need our support, and how can we support them? How do we ensure our young girls achieve so that they become the next Shiza’s or Jensine’s, and how do we grow the next generation of primary women producers ? I believe four small things could make a difference. • Share inspirational stories of young women to young girls (because that is who they will connect with and relate to) • Ask them what do you want to see different in the world? • Ask them what might get in their way to achieve this (this is where you will learn their doubts, fears, insecurities and barriers) • Tell them you believe in them to achieve this, and how you can support them. Our young girls are our future food producers and the whole world's future depends on us producing food. Lindy Nelson, AWDT Executive Director ... See MoreSee Less
Tickets for next Friday's BWR 'Women In Agriculture' breakfast, part of the Hawke's Bay Royal Show, are still available. AWDT's Executive Director, Lindy Nelson, is fresh back from the Emerging Women conference in Denver and looking forward to sharing her take on women in leadership - from global, national and local perspectives as guest speaker for this event.