AGWN: International Women's Day 2023
Hosts: Auckland Government Women’s Network Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki
Venue: Ellen Melville Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau
Date: 8 March 2023
Facilitator: Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Chair Sarah Leo Anderson
Rebecca Rolls, Transitional Director of the Integrity Unit at Sport
Helen Te Hira, Director Māori Outcomes, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited
Lynette Reed, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Auckland Council,
Antara Borkakoty, Investment Lead, City Centre Programmes Auckland Council and Regional lead PAPSN (Pan Asian Peoples Network)
Emma Benvie-Watson, Policy Advisor at Auckland Council and IPANZ New Professionals rōpū committee member.
Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki’s International Women’s Day event was an opportunity to reflect on equity in the Public Service
Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki, Auckland Government Women’s Network co-hosted a morning hui for International Women’s Day with Te Rōpū Wāhine, the Women's Network of Auckland Council.Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki, Auckland Government Women’s Network co-hosted a morning hui for International Women’s Day with Te Rōpū Wāhine, the Women's Network of Auckland Council. There was an incredible line up of speakers and we asked a couple of them to share their thoughts on what International Women’s Day means to them:
“IWD allows us to acknowledge all the progress made by strong wāhine who have fought hard for our rights, but also focus our attention on further work needed in order to achieve gender equity.” – Emma Benvie- Watson, Policy Advisor, Community and Social Policy, Auckland Council, Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand (IPANZ) New Professionals Network and Public Service Association (PSA) Representative.
“International Women’s Day has always been a day to thank and celebrate those who sacrificed everything in their lives to make us experience freedom in education, work and choice and acknowledge those who are working harder every day to break those ceilings that can come between us and our freedom." – Antara Borkakorty, Investment Lead, Auckland Council and Regional Lead of the Pan-Asian Public Sector Network (PAPSN) Auckland.
It was a wonderful opportunity for women from across Tamaki Makaurau’s public sector to gather and reflect on what the theme “embrace equity” means for the people we serve and ourselves.