Central Leader : March 18th 2011
6 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 18, 2011 NEWS Don't miss this Sunday's... SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES AND SAVE! Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 329) SUNDAY MAGAZINE Your glossy Sunday treat. n Black Tuesday - Christchurch bar owner shares his experience n Music and Lyrics - Local musicians hitting paydirt onUSTV n Fashion - Animal passion hits stores n The art of travel - Kiwi creatives' most inspiring destinations n Win one of three Britz Shortbreaks n Get ready to crumble - great pudding recipes from Richard Till WIN a $4,500 fashion hamper in your winter edition of Fashion Front ESCAPE The best of travel, food and wellbeing. March 20, 2011 This popular Christchurch bar was destroyed in the quake. Its owner kept a journal of the days that followed DIARY OF AN EARTHQUAKE Local musicians hitting paydirtonUSTV Backing tracks Meet America's latest comedy swe etheart Aziz Ansari CyclinginHolland: a beginner's guide Uneasy rider Zurich beckons compassionate pair By RHIANNON HORRELL Women's advocates: Janelle Nee, left, and Di Paton are heading to the 2011 International Women's Summit and World YWCA Council in Zurich. Photo: JASON OXENHAM A pair of inspirational and compassionate thinkers are gearing up for a trip to Zurich to discuss cutting-edge issues that affect women. Seeking to improve women's rights and help them make good decisions will be on Janelle Nee and Di Paton's agenda for discussion at the International Women's Summit and World YWCA Council meeting in July. It will bring together around 1000 women from all over the world with a theme of women creating a safe world''. Ms Nee will lead the New Zealand delegation and says four of the six set to attend are all young. The whole theme is cre- ating safer spaces for women and allowing them access to sexual health information,'' the Grey Lynn resident says. It's also an opportunity for women to develop as leaders and make safer choices.'' The pair are fighting to change a public perception that YWCA is an old fogey organisation''. YWCA Aotearoa New Zea- land president Di Paton is also excited about the oppor- tunity to head away. It's a chance to do some- thing that we would not nor- mally do. You get a com- pletely different view on the world.'' The summit is held once every four years and Ms Paton says it helps to create bonds and understanding with women from vastly dif- ferent social backgrounds. The Onehunga resident also had an instrumental role in setting up the YWCA's Future Leaders programme. I mentored a young woman from Mangere for about 18 months which gave me the idea to set up a longer term mentoring programme for young women with poten- tial but without the resources to develop further,'' she says. During that time, the student and I developed a strong relationship and I found her to be intelligent and keen to learn. At one stage I had taken her out to a cafe and while having coffee, I mentioned that there was an open day at Auckland Uni- versity. She just looked at me and said, People like me don't go to university'.'' Ms Paton says most of the kids who go to university under the programme are the first in their families to do so. While in Zurich on their trip, the pair will contribute to the world council which will set priorities and deter- mine policy. It also provides practical training and education on priority issues and brings together national and community-based women's rights activists, HIV-positive women's networks, youth organisations and inter- governmental representa- tives. Visit www.givealittle.co.nz/ org/ywcaofaotearoa newzealand to help fund the pair's trip. Add the reference ''world council delegation'' when you donate.
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