Champions for Change – Annual Report “The Power Gap” and “The Participation Gap”

It can be difficult to ascertain the real and continued global impact of COVID-19 from our NZ bubble. Join Agnes Naera for a live chat with some of our internationally based members Karen Clayton (Geneva), Jan Beagle (Rome), Bronwen Horton (London), Amanda Ellis (Hawaii), Sara Clemens (San Francisco) and Audette Exel (Sydney) – as they share their thoughts on how the pandemic has impacted their countries of residence and the people, the current situation, and the hope for the future.

September 9th, 2020 | 5:00PM – 6:00PM
[FREE EVENT]



GLOBAL WOMEN MEMBER | Dr Emma Parry is a Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine, with a strong background in service delivery, improvement and education for both health professionals and consumers. She is currently based at Middlemore Hospital and Ascot Radiology. She is a recognised leader in Australasia in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine and is currently Chair of the MFM subspecialty committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). She was the inaugural Clinical Director of the New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network (NZMFMN), which she established and ensures all women of New Zealand have access to excellent perinatal care. Emma is also a Director of groundbreaking Kiwi feminine hygiene company Oi (Organic Initiative).


Tainui, Ngati Paoa. Michele Wilson is the co-founder of AWWA period proof underwear, a New Zealand period underwear brand dedicated to helping eradicate period poverty in Aotearoa. Michele has a special interest in the pre colonial ikura stories of our Tipuna and what we can learn and gain from them. Michele has two daughters and loves Fishing, being in the bush and poetry.


Caro Atkinson is a teacher, educator and counsellor who has held a variety of roles in learning environments for the past thirty years, ranging from primary to tertiary education and everything in between. Caro is currently working as a Guidance Counsellor and teacher of Health in a teen parent unit and as a trauma therapist for a service provider which provides counselling and support for survivors of sexual violence.


MODERATOR | Jacinta Gulasekharam is an impatient, impact driven social entrepreneur and connector. She co-founded Dignity - a social enterprise with a mission to deliver period equity and has created access to 30,000 sustainable period products. The Positive Periods campaign she led resulted in the government committing to free period products for students in NZ. She’s the Partnership Manager at FlexiTime supporting their partners and enterprise clients. She’s a First Foundation mentor and lends her experience to grow the startup ecosystem.

Jacinta is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, Women of Influence Young Leader Finalist 2018/2020 and Sustainable Business Network Change Maker Finalist 2020.


MODERATOR | Miranda Hitchings is an impact specialist and entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of creating social change. Miranda co-founded Dignity in 2015 with the vision of ending period inequity by providing free period products to all those without access. Since, Dignity has provided over 30,000 products to 130 schools and community groups.

While working for Flinch, Miranda consulted for various UN subsidiaries, including taking on a leading role to develop a campaign for UNESCO to encourage policy support for Comprehensive Sex Education. The campaign, 'Comprehensive Sexuality Education: A Foundation for Life & Love', helped see Thailand update their national curriculum to feature positive representation of sexual orientation, reproductive rights, and gender norms. Miranda currently works as a community investment specialist at NZ Post and as a Trustee for the Social Change Collective . A highlight of her role has included the roll-out of free Red Cross mental health resources to 1.5 million homes during lockdown.
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