BPW NZ finalist in the Women of Influence Awards 2014

Dianne Glenn, Past President BPW NZ and member of BPW Franklin, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Social Enterprise category of the Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Influence Awards 2014.  See http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/women-of-influence/10413082/Women-stand-tall-and-proud   There will be further publicity given to the finalists over the next month leading up to the announcement of the 2014 winners at the gala dinner on October 8th.

Dianne was nominated by the President of BPW New Zealand at the request of BPW Franklin and the nomination began with these words:

“Dianne Glenn has been called “the CEDAW lady” for many years.  Dianne says the title often needs explaining to those who do not know of the UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and its framework for women’s human rights.   It is an accolade Dianne richly deserves from her continuing work as a champion for women’s rights and in particular for the rights of women with disabilities.

Whether using the umbrella of formal CEDAW processes or by collaborative work with a huge range of organisations Dianne has brought her commitment, organisational skills and energy to the task of addressing social and environmental issues which affect women.  She has used her positions in Local Government, on Government Statutory Boards, within a range of NGO’s and appointments to Trusts to intersect her interests and her drive to improve the environment and improve the lives of people, but particularly women with disabilities.

Dianne’s ability to lead and contribute is reflected in the number and variety of boards she has been on ranging from her current seat on the Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB), to the Auckland Conservation Board, Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy Inc and board positions at local, national, regional and international level on women’s advocacy organisations Business and Professional Women New Zealand (BPW NZ), Business and Professional Women International (BPWI) and  National Council of Women New Zealand (NCWNZ).”

And ending on this note:

“Dianne has approached social and environmental issues with fresh eyes and careful strategy.  She has built collaborative networks and initiated projects and then ensured that others are encouraged and mentored to continue the work.  Lasting environmental change and improvement in women’s human rights has been achieved.”

We wish Dianne well on Awards night and welcome the publicity that this brings to BPW NZ and to ongoing discussions on the rights of women, particularly disabled women.

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