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ILANZ awards 2017

ILANZ awards 2017

By Website Administrator , | 27 August 2017

ILANZ catches up with the winner of the AUT Law School Community Contribution Award, Eva Hartshorn-Sanders...

Mike EvaI was delighted to have been nominated by the National Council of Women of New Zealand for the Community Contribution award from the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand (ILANZ), sponsored by the AUT Law School. The award recognised pro bono work that I had done for NCWNZ and the New Horizons for Women Trust, in particular, through writing and presenting submissions to Select Committees and Government Departments as the NCWNZ Justice and Law Reform Convenor, being the Wellington Branch President for NCW and as the Co-Chair for New Horizons. I used the acceptance speech at the ILANZ Conference to talk about how we all need to be doing our bit leading into the election period to campaign on equal pay and domestic violence leave - this means asking MPs and candidates (in person and online) where they stand on these important issues for women.

I have recently arrived in Paris and I about to start my Master's degree in International Relations, majoring in International Security through Sciences Po University. I was lucky enough to have been accepted into this Master's course and to have won a global grant scholarship from Rotary International to help fund this study and the cost of living in Europe. After 10 years working, I am excited to have the opportunity to improve my negotiation and analysis skills and to learn more about the state of our world in one of the most political cities in Europe at a time when everything feels to be hanging tenuously in balance. Gandhi spoke about being the change that you wish to see in the world - for me, that means using and developing all my skills to improve things - even if that means doing a paper in statistics!