Big Apple trip a bite for equality

22:35, Feb 18 2014
Andrea Murray stand
Andrea Murray bound for New York.

Andrea Murray is swapping New Plymouth for New York as she flies to the Big Apple next month to attend a prestigious women's conference.

Dr Murray was awarded a scholarship worth $4000 to attend a United Nations conference to discuss gender equality and the advancement of women.

Gender barriers to work and traditional and non-traditional work for both men and women would also be among the issues discussed, Dr Murray said.

She said the trip was also a chance to see how the "machinery works" at the United Nations and how it can be adapted to use locally.

"It's just amazing," Dr Murray said.

New York's Central Park and the Statue of Liberty are among the attractions Dr Murray plans on visiting when she is not busy discussing the importance of women's equality.

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She leaves New Zealand on March 6 and will return on March 18.

Conference itinerary includes a consultation day for non-governmental organisations on March 9 followed by a Soroptimist International advocacy training and reception dinner on the same day.

Dr Murray's chance to fly to New York came after she was selected for the Soroptimist International South West Pacific scholarship to attend the 58th Commission on the Status of Women, which runs from March 10 to 21.

Soroptimist International is a non-profit organisation that "speaks on behalf of over 80,000 women from 3000 communities across 127 countries".

"It's important for everybody to have a voice, that's the first thing, but in a lot of situation it's more difficult for women to do that," Dr Murray said. "There are a lot of barriers in their way."

Last year, the New Plymouth Soroptimist branch partnered with Rampage Fitness to raise awareness and advocate for the prevention of violence against women and girls.

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