Michaela Tudor shares her experience

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‘A few weeks ago I got the wonderful opportunity to take part in the Auckland Women’s Speech Competition. It was a fantastic, inspirational experience, and something I was so grateful to be a part of. The topic was :‘How Covid has exacerbated the inequalities experienced by women.’ This topic had so much information, I knew I could never cover all of it. Researching and writing the speech was intense but I learnt so much about the gender inequalities caused by Covid-19 that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Due to Covid the competition was via zoom but it was no less nerve wracking. Eight girls from different Auckland high schools gathered and one by one we had our chance to present our speeches. From listening to the other speeches alone I learnt an incredible amount, was thoroughly inspired, and felt really grateful to be a part of this unique and powerful group of young women. After all the contestants presented, Dr. Huhana Hickey, the guest speaker for the evening, made a memorable and exhilarating speech about her work in advocating for women , Maori, and the rights of the disabled. Although I did not place, it was an inspirational experience and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have competed. I feel motivated to make a change in my own thinking and it led me to meet some wonderful young women. I will definitely be putting my hand up to enter again next year’.

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