Webinar Series

UN Women Aotearoa NZ "In Discussion With" Expert Ukrainian Voices on the Impact on Women and Girls in Ukraine.

Join UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand for the 3rd instalment in the Series of "In Discussion With..." where we will hear from an extraordinary panel of frontline voices and advocates sharing their experiences and lessons during the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine 

Moderated by Tara Singh with panellists Golriz Ghahraman MP, Professor Natalia Chaban, Natalia Gebert and Olha Viazenko, we listen first hand to educate and empower our members and audience as we unite the Nation in support of the people of Ukraine, especially the women and girls.

 

What: UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand in Discussion with Expert Ukrainian Voices on the Impact on Women and Girls in Ukraine. 

When: 11.30-12.30pm, 10 June 2022

Where: View Now

 

Host:

Tara Singh, UN Women Aotearoa NZ President

Tara’s philanthropic work and leadership has positioned her as a public advocate for women and girl child issues, clean energy/sustainability in business and environmental conservation, and animal welfare and rights. As a repeat delegate to the White House and United Nations, the essence of Tara’s professional life’s mission is to support women and youth and to empower our next generation of global leaders. Working with the support of the United Nations, Tara is a regular forum and session participant, serving on working groups and committees including the UN’s Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Youth and Gender Equality and UN Women’s Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum. 

Panellists:

Golriz Ghahraman MP

Golriz Ghahraman is an Iranian-Kiwi refugee and made history as the first ever refugee to be sworn in as an MP, having arrived in Aotearoa as a child asylum seeker with her family from Iran.

Her studies at Oxford, and her career as a lawyer in New Zealand and overseas, have focused on enforcing human rights and holding governments to account. Her work has included restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives.

In New Zealand, she has successfully advocated on human rights issues before the Supreme Court. Before entering parliament as list MP for the Green Party, Golriz was active in the NGO community, volunteering her skills to advance justice reform, refugee and migrant rights, and for family carers of disabled persons

Professor Natalia Chaban

Professor Natalia Chaban of Department of Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury focuses her interdisciplinary research on cognitive and semiotic aspects of political and media discourses, image and perceptions studies within the EU and IR contexts, and public diplomacy and political communication. Professor Chaban is a twice awarded Jean Monnet Chair, Director of Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum at UC, President of Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, co-editor of the peer-reviewed "Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies" and leader of a number of transnational research projects supported by the European Commission and NATO. Natalia is originally from Ukraine and came to New Zealand in 2002.

Natalia Gebert  

Natalia Gebert - a cultural scientist by education, a translator by profession, a bookworm by passion. Co-founder of the Warsaw initiative Open House (currently a foundation). Since 2015, she has been working socially with refugees and spreading knowledge about migration. In 2018, she received the Award of the Capital City of Warsaw for her social activities.

Olha Viazenko

Olha Viazenko was Ukrainian born and lived in Kyiv until coming to New Zealand. Olha knows each corner of Ukraine, working for a long time as an investigative journalist. Olha now works as event organiser in Dunedin in addition to being a lawyer. Olha relocated to New Zealand 3.5 years ago to study Applied Management at the Otago Polytechnic. She lives here with her immediate family - her husband and daughter.  Olha's mother and mother-in-law are now fleeing from the war in Ukraine to Poland, with other family members still in Ukraine.  Olha is a Ukrainian activist, organising peaceful protests and fundraisers to help support Ukrainians here in New Zealand and overseas.

All donations will be gifted to UN Women initiatives in Ukraine and surrounding areas to directly support the people of Ukraine, especially the women and girls, at this time of greatest need.

The war in Ukraine has led to more than 4.2 million refugees and over 7 million internally displaced people, most of them women and children. The war has contributed to growing risks, including trafficking, gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, and forced labor.  

Help address the burgeoning needs of women and girls in Ukraine and those who have had to flee to neighbouring countries. Please donate today.

UN Women Aotearoa NZ "In Discussion With" Brooke Axtell, Jan Logie MP, Rob McCann, Dr Natalie Thorburn and Yvonne Churches

Join UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand for the 2nd in the Series of "In Discussion With..." where we will hear from acclaimed international guest speaker Brooke Axtell and an extraordinary panel of frontline voices and advocates sharing their experiences and lessons in the elimination of violence against women.

Brooke Axtell is a champion and advocate for women around the world who have experienced sexual violence and trauma.

Moderated by  Jan Logie MP with panelists Rob McCann, Dr Natalie Thorburn and Yvonne Churches, we listen first hand to educate and empower our members and audience as we unite the Nation in support of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

What: UN Women Aotearoa NZ "In Discussion With" Brooke Axtell, Jan Logie MP, Rob McCann, Dr Natalie Thorburn and Yvonne Churches

When: 11-12.15pm, 3 December 2021

Where:  View Now

 

Host:

Tara Singh, UN Women Aotearoa NZ President

Tara’s philanthropic work and leadership has positioned her as a public advocate for women and girl child issues, clean energy/sustainability in business and environmental conservation, and animal welfare and rights. As a repeat delegate to the White House and United Nations, the essence of Tara’s professional life’s mission is to support women and youth and to empower our next generation of global leaders. Working with the support of the United Nations, Tara is a regular forum and session participant, serving on working groups and committees including the UN’s Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Youth and Gender Equality and UN Women’s Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum.

Guest Speaker:

Brooke Axtell

Brooke Axtell is a writer, speaker, performing artist and human rights activist. She is the author of the memoir Beautiful Justice,and founded She is Risingto advocate for survivors of sex trafficking and gender violence. Brooke has spoken at the United Nations, The U.S. Institute for Peace, Stanford University and the 2015 Grammys. At the Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Brooke gave a keynote for 50 Members of Parliament and Ministers from 28 Asia-Pacific countries. Her work has been featured in many media outlets, including the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Rolling Stone and CNN. She lives in Austin, Texas and is currently working on her forthcoming poetry book entitled Southern Girls Never Die.

Moderator:  

Jan Logie MP 

Jan Logie was  Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues) in the past Parliament where she led and championed work in this area. In the current Parliament she Green Party Musterer and Green Party Spokesperson for Workplace Relations & Safety,  Child Poverty Reduction, Children, Disability, ACC, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Public Services and Women. In Parliament she has been a champion for those affected by domestic and sexual violence and for women’s  and workers’ rights. She initiated a select committee inquiry into funding for specialist sexual abuse and social services, and her Domestic Violence — Victims’ Protection Act, designed to protect victims and reduce the significant economic impact of domestic violence came into force on 1 April 2019.

Panelists: 

Rob McCann (White Ribbon)

Rob McCann is the White Ribbon Manager, but being a very small team undertakes a variety of tasks. White Ribbon's kaupapa is 'ending men's violence towards women' and has been focusing on healthy masculinity and respectful relationships as protections against violence. Rob is also a Councillor at the Kapiti Coast District Council with the portfolios of housing and social wellbeing. He has worked in communications and has a background in marketing and event management leading White Ribbon since 2009

Dr Natalie Thorburn (Women's Refuge)

Natalie is the principal policy advisor for NCIWR, and is a registered social worker who has primarily practised in the sexual violence field. She has a PhD in the field of gendered violence and leads NCIWR’s research programme into various aspects of family violence.

Yvonne Churches (Hestia Women's Refuge) 

Yvonne has been an advocate at Hestia Women's Refuge for 15 years. She help's support women who are, or who have been in abusive relationships.

Kiran Pannu (UN Women Aotearoa NZ Volunteer)

Kiran Pannu is heading into the fourth year of her LLB/BCom conjoint at the University of Auckland. After High School, she represented New Zealand on a youth delegation around the world to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout her studies Kiran has maintained her passion for eradicating social issues such as gender based violence through civics education. Kiran has taken teaching roles at conferences as well as coordinating an event.

Rebecca Ashby (UN Women Aotearoa NZ Volunteer)

Rebecca is excited to be apart of the 16 days of activism campaign. She is passionate about gender equality and women’s rights around the world. She has a background in International Development and has spent the last few years working for women refuges, most recently helping out on the crisis line for Hestia Women’s refuge.

All donations will be gifted to the Kiribati Women & Children Support Centre, one of the UN Women Pacific initiates we support.

UN Women Aotearoa NZ In Discussion with Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Hazara Afghan Association Inc

Join UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand in Discussion with Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Hazara Afghan Association Inc as we listen first hand to the journeys of 8 extraordinary women who each experienced coming to New Zealand as refugees in 2001/2004. 

Sensitive to the tragedy still unfolding and in solidarity, UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand aims to use this discussion to help advocate for and create awareness of the women and girls remaining in Afghanistan, and of the stereotypes and challenges that will face incoming Afghan refugee women, girls and their families here in NZ.

How may we welcome those soon to be arriving Afghan refugees into the New Zealand community? What support will they need from us to begin to heal and embark on peaceful and prosperous lives here in Aotearoa?

 

Host:

Tara Singh, UN Women Aotearoa NZ President

Tara’s philanthropic work and leadership has positioned her as a public advocate for women and girl child issues, clean energy/sustainability in business and environmental conservation, and animal welfare and rights. As a repeat delegate to the White House and United Nations, the essence of Tara’s professional life’s mission is to support women and youth and to empower our next generation of global leaders. Working with the support of the United Nations, Tara is a regular forum and session participant, serving on working groups and committees including the UN’s Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Youth and Gender Equality and UN Women’s Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum.

Guest Speaker:

Hon. Helen Clark, Former New Zealand Prime Minister

Helen Clark served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. She then became the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator for two terms from 2009 to 2017, the first woman to lead the organisation. She was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the Heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Currently she serves as Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response set up by the World Health Organization to review the global handling of the pandemic. The panel recently issued its interim report on progress against the virus.

Moderator: 

Sarwat Tasneem, UN Women Aotearoa NZ Committee Member Auckland 

Oxford born, Sarwat is a recipient of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Hubert Walter Award in Reconciliation & Interfaith internationally. A Behavioural Change expert who has worked with Government(s) at high level in conflict resolution as part of the Coalition of Religious Equality and Inclusive Development, with an emphasis on women and youth in the Middle East, S.E.Asia and Africa. A UK Faith and Diversity Leader, she sits on several boards including UK Cabinet roundtables for anti-hate and outreach. She also advises Government agencies on inclusion and diversity. Sarwat is on the President Elect's Faith & Diversity advisory for COP26, where she supports and advocates for women and girls in the global south and indigenous peoples. Sarwat has been selected a Unicef UK Covax vaccine equity faith supporter, and her work in social cohesion has been recognised by HM Queen.

Panelists: 

Fawzia Rajaiy

Fawzia Rajaiy  was one of six siblings that arrived in New Zealand in 2004 fleeing the danger of war and the Taliban. All her siblings including herself went on to graduate in sciences and contribute to Aotearoa New Zealand as doctors and engineers. Fawzia works in procurement at New Zealand Health Partnerships, and continues to advocate for the rights of Afghans, particularly women and children in Afghanistan.

Sara Rahimi

Born in Afghanistan Sara moved to New Zealand when she was 7 years old. Not knowing any words in English upon her arrival, she was determined to excel and help society. Through the struggles that continue in her native home, she wants to change the opinion of what it is "to be a refugee". Sara lives in Auckland and works as a Lawyer in Property and is tri-lingual.

Zainab Noori

In 2011 Zainab Noori completed her master’s degree in veterinary medicine as a refugee in Iran. Returning to Afghanistan she began her role as a lecturer at the National Agriculture Education College from 2011 to 2017. Arriving in New Zealand in 2017, Zainab retrained in Pharmaceuticals when she was unable to find a job in Agriculture. A proud mother, Zainab wants to help the cause of women and children in Afghanistan.

Shirin Zakeri

Shirin Zakeri was born in Afghanistan and came to New Zealand as a refugee in 2004. Pursuing her passion as an innovator and making a difference for the good of society , following a degree in Commerce and Commercial Law at the University of Auckland, she is the Chief Financial Officer and one of the Co-founders of ZaberriWorld.

Insia Abdullali 

Insia arrived in New Zealand as a child refugee. Her 17 years living in a country full of opportunity, provided the enthusiasm she has for life and the passion she has for her heritage and living amongst New Zealanders. Insia wants to help the women and people of Afghanistan, as it is was a home she was devastated to have had to leave behind. Insia is working as a Community Support Worker.

Tai-iba Hassanian

Tai'iba was three years old she arrived in New Zealand with her family as refugees from Afghanistan in 2004. Living at home in Christchurch with her family, Tai'iba currently is studying Medicine at the University of Auckland. An example of hope and opportunity, she wants to encourage young girls to pursue their dreams.

Fatima Karimi

Fatima's brother - Mohammad Ziya, was one of the tampa boys who arrived in New Zealand in 2001. Following his arrival, Fatima and her family were given refuge in New Zealand in 2004. An Environment Health Officer for Auckland council, Fatima is passionate about sharing the plight and needs of the communities in Afghanistan.

Q and A's:

Zainab Ewazi

I came to New Zealand twenty years ago. I am one the Tampa girls that was rescued by the Tampa ship, twenty years ago. I am blessed to be in New Zealand and very thankful to Capt Rinnan and his crew, who rescued the 438 Shia Hazara refugees from the sinking boat. I also want to thank the Honourable Helen Clark for bringing us to New Zealand and giving us the opportunity to do well in New Zealand. I studied Computer Science, and currently I am working full time for NZ Vodafone. I am also the Secretary of Hazara Afghan Association Incorporated.