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Carol Beaumont

Why the Women's Fund?

The idea of the Women’s Fund made sense to me. It seemed a positive way to help create change with those who have money and a commitment to supporting women and girls pooling resources to support women who are making a difference in our community and need financial support.


How or where do you see the Women's Fund making a difference?

I would like to see the Fund supporting a wide range of initiatives that may find it hard to get money to progress their work. I especially would like to see that the funding recognises the diversity of our community and the different needs there are among women.


Who is your biggest female role model/inspiration and why?

There are so many women who have inspired me and been role models! Women in my family like my mother and Nana; teachers/mentors at High School and University and many women who are active in community organisations. Helen Clark has been an inspiration from my early twenties. Some key union women have also inspired me – Sonya Davies, Judy Attenberger, Sharan Burrow and Helen Kelly.


Finish this sentence: "In 10 years' time, I want women and girls in New Zealand to…"

"...live in a world that is safe, where everyone has an opportunity to live and participate in the community fairly and in a way that enables them to reach their full potential. There is real momentum for change now, and it's beyond time that we deal with gender based violence, low and unequal pay and all other forms of gender inequality!"

Carol Beaumont