WFC host an Inspiring Evening of Women’s Empowerment
On 10th June, friends and supporters of Women for Change gathered to hear the inspiring stories of author, Nikki Gemmell and Kenyan tertiary students, Linet and Sharon. The intimate evening drew the audience in with personal warmth, candour and humour.
We were delighted to have Nikki Gemmell join us to speak about her writing including her latest book, The Ripping Tree. In conversation with our very own Eleanor Hall, Nikki opened up about her career, her family and her dreams. She shared personal stories of motivation and resilience. Nikki’s passion for writing shone through and her insights into her new book had us all reaching for a copy. We enjoyed hearing of Nikki’s drive to challenge unfair situations, from the rewriting of history to calling out of the inequalities in education and career faced by girls / women across the globe.
Lisa McIntyre, Women for Change committee member reflected on the focus of the committee to provide opportunities for girls to complete tertiary educate to transform their lives and their communities. There is a feeling that much has been achieved, especially this year when the first tertiary students from Kakenya’s Dream will graduate and begin the next chapter of their lives. Yet there clearly remains so much to be done to ensure that these education opportunities endure for future cohorts of girls.
Lisa invited Linet and Sharon, 2 of the Sydney based Kenyan women that are supported by Women for Change to share their extraordinary life / education journey with the audience. From humble beginnings these young women have conquered so many personal and academic challenges. They are now in the final stages of their degrees and are preparing for their futures.
The evening was held at the Vivienne Court offices in Paddington. Women for Change are extraordinarily grateful to Vivienne Court for allowing us to host our event in their offices and for providing all the refreshments. VivCourt’s approach to philanthropy is truely inspiring.