Social Entrepreneurs

UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand are proud to share our #IWD2019 video series celebrating young, Kiwi, female social entrepreneurs who are living this year's IWD theme: 'think equal, build smart, innovate for change' 

Samantha Jones, CEO and Founder of Little Yellow Bird Organics: makes organic uniforms and clothing with an entirely ethical minded approach. Supply chains are tracked from farm to factory. Factories in India are fair-trade and profits are reinvested into community development projects.

Parris Goebel with sisters Kendal and Narelle, Co-Founders of Sisters United NZ: provides creative programmes to empower young Pacific and Maori women and girls in Auckland.

Hannah Duder, CEO of Indigo and Iris: “a beauty brand that gives a damn”, selling vegan mascara where 50% of their profits go to The Fred Hollows Foundation to cure treatable blindness in the Pacific.

Jacinta and Miranda, Co-Founders of Dignity: tackling period poverty in NZ, where every box of sanitary items purchased by a company for their female staff bathrooms funds the equivalent to go to a high school student who lacks access. UN Women Empowerment Partner ANZ stock Dignity sanitary items in many of their branches and offices, as do the likes of Xero, Flick Electric and Cigna.

Elisha Watson, Founder and CEO of NISA: a clothing start-up which employs women from refugee backgrounds for meaningful work in Wellington. 

Corinne Morley, Global Brand Ambassador Trilogy Products our UN Women NCANZ Empowerment Partner and sponsor of the series, speaking about Trilogy’s founding story, and the importance of women's empowerment.