24 March 2022 at 9:00 am

Celebrating Women of the Future with India

New education opportunities for women, including Kiwi students, were announced at the International Women's Day summit ‘Women of the Future’ on 8 March 2022, hosted by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao.

Everest twins presenting
Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik present at ENZ's 'Women of the Future' summit

Women leaders from New Zealand and India shared inspiring stories at the event, discussing equity and the inclusion of women in society.  

ENZ announced a range of initiatives to inspire young women and enable them to experience cross-cultural values and learning:  

  • Virtual India Immersion programme for New Zealand-based tertiary students, focussed on enhancing knowledge of Indian culture and business environment. Students interested in taking up this programme can apply here by 30 April. Find out more here.
  • 10 virtual micro-internships, in partnership with the University of Auckland, for female undergraduate students from India. Interested Indian students can apply here by Saturday, 16 April. 
  • A virtual exchange programme involving a cohort of 40 high school girl students from India and New Zealand offering the Global Competence Certificate. Details of the programme for Indian students are available here. Applications close on 22 April.  

Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities opened the summit and encouraged all women to challenge stereotypes and break barriers.  The Minister mentioned that she herself had previously come to New Zealand as an international student.  

Other speakers included women leaders in education from both countries, as well as Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik, the twin mountaineering sisters who are winners of New Zealand Prime Minister Sports scholarships and Sir Edmund Hillary Global Impact Visa Awardees, and Miss Malini, a well-known Indian digital influencer.

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