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Celebrating Champions, Campaigners and Change-makers

Otautahi Christchurch has a proud tradition of women facilitating ground-breaking societal change. In order to recognise the women of the past, and the ensure that this proud legacy continues, we formed a fund to support women and girls who are change makers.

Join us for high tea at the Canterbury Club where we will announce and celebrate the 2020 award recipients with guest speaker Minister Poto Williams. Part of the ticket price covers the costs and the rest goes to next year’s recipients so it’s a constant flow of ongoing support for our next generation of female leaders in the city.

Women's Fund Leadership Speaker Series: Joanna Norris

The Christchurch Foundation Women’s Fund isn’t only about supporting female leaders with grants. We are also drawing on Ōtautahi Christchurch’s proud legacy of change-makers, like Kate Sheppard, to fight for social equity.

Applications for 2020 Women's Fund Now Open

Women’s Fund Grants Now Open: Calling all female champions, campaigners and change-makers! We’re thrilled to announce that it’s that time of the year again, where we can start searching for another three fabulous Wahine working at the grassroots in our city to inspire future female leaders.

Women's Fund Patron Wraps up our Speaker Series

As we wrap up our Women’s Fund speaker series, our Patron, Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel tells us about the importance of Women’s leadership in a post disaster environment. “One thing I’ve learnt is that crisis always produces opportunity. That’s opportunity to do things differently.”

Inspiring Conversations continues with Minister Poto Williams

We have the pleasure of sharing Julia’s latest conversation with the Honourable Poto Williams, MP for Christchurch East and Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.

We set up our Women’s Fund in part to highlight the insights from inspiring female leaders. So now that we’re emerging from Covid19, it’s more crucial than ever to hear from leaders like Minister Poto.

Women's Fund Conversations: Chief Executive of Philanthropy NZ, Sue McCabe

Our Women’s Fund speaker series continues with the Chief Executive for Philanthropy NZ, Sue McCabe. If you’ve followed the previous few videos you’ll know that we’ve been talking to our nation’s inspiring female leaders about their ideas on how we can best emerge from the Covid19 crisis. We asked Sue about the impact that the pandemic has had on our philanthropic sector and how giving can aid our recovery. It’s well worth a listen!

Women's Fund Inspiring Conversations: Jane Cartwright

We have another fabulous female leader for you as part of our Women’s Fund speaker series. These videos are centred around smart conversations about how our city can cope with Covid19. Today’s inspiring conversation is with Jane Cartwright.

Kia ora from Our Bubble to Yours

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Women’s Fund Speaker Series Continues: “Give a little of yourself to others.”

As part of the work we do with the Women’s Fund, Julia from our team has been chatting to some of our city’s strong female leaders. We’re particularly interested in highlighting the mahi of these inspiring women as they do their part to steer us through this Covid19 crisis.

Today, we’re sharing her conversation with Abby Suszko, Chair of the Aviva board who shares more about the critical work that Aviva is doing in response to an unprecedented increase in family violence during this pandemic.

Emerging from Covid19 - Thoughts and Ideas from Inspirational Female Leaders of Ōtautahi

Given the work we are doing with our Women’s Fund we are particularly interested in highlighting the achievement of female leaders who are helping steer us through crisis. Our prime minister has been hailed by world media as a shining example of empathetic but strong leadership. We also know of many other female leaders within New Zealand and Ōtautahi Christchurch doing excellent mahi/work.

It is now that we need to be having smart conversations to define how our city and country can emerge from this lockdown in the best possible form. As well as making full use of the opportunities that will be available. On that note, Julia from our team has been speaking to some of the incredible female leaders in our city which we are thrilled to be able to share.

Another Inspirational Women's Fund Winner!

Here’s another fabulous Women’s Fund recipient! Azaria Howell is the unpaid hapori (community editor) of Tearaway Magazine. She writes articles that range from climate change to her own journey with endometriosis and ‘pride’ pieces that empower people from the LGBT community to be themselves and be out and proud.

She was certainly an inspiration to us so check out Tearaway and read her articles here:

Once again, we want to thank @hotelmontreal for their past support and for lending us such a wonderful filming location in their beautiful penthouse suite!

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