To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 the team at Energi have nominated women who they hold in high regard.
Shirley Lowe, Account Director on the Coca-Cola account nominated Kiwi athlete Nikki Hamblin.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Nikki Hamblin received considerable international media attention following an incident during the 5000m heat in which both she and American Abbey D’Agostino fell. The two women helped each other finish the race and were allowed to compete in the final, howevern D’Agostino was unable to participate further. Hamblin’s injuries were less serious and she was able to compete in the final. Both athletes were praised for their sportsmanship and Olympicc spirit”, and were subsequently awarded the Rio 2016 Fair Play Award by the International Fair Play Committee.
Hugo Venter, Senior Account Manager, nominated South African singer Miriam Makeba.
Miriam Makeba was among the most visible Africans internationally, Her music earned her the moniker “Mama Africa”. Makeba was also among the most visible individuals campaigning against the apartheid regime in South Africa, and was responsible for popularising a number of songs protesting apartheid, When the South African government prevented her from entering her home country, she became a symbol of the cruelty of apartheid, and she used her position as a celebrity by testifying against apartheid before the UN. Many of her songs were banned within South Africa, being seen as subversive. She thus became a symbol of resistance to the apartheid government both within and outside South Africa.
Jason Anderson, Creative Director, nominated Danish activist Selina Juul.
Selina Juul is a Russian-Danish activist known for her work in promoting the reduction of food waste. She founded the consumer organisation “Stop Wasting Food” (Danish: Stop Spild af Mad) in 2008. Her experiences with food shortages as a child in Russia during the 1980s inspired her work combating food waste. Due to the work of the Stop Wasting Food campaign, Denmark reduced its food waste nationally by 25% in 5 years (2010-2015). She has received several awards for her activism including the Nordic Council Environment Prize and the Danish Social Democrats’ Svend Auken Prize. In 2014, she was named Dane of the Year.
Kit Greer, Mac Operator, nominated cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. She completed 48 orbits of the Earth in her three days in space. In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force and thus she also became the first civilian to fly in space. She remained politically active following the collapse of the Soviet Union and is still regarded as a hero in post-Soviet Russia. At the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, she was a carrier of the Olympic flag.
Louise Henderson, Managing Director, nominated Kiwi suffragette Kate Sheppard.
Katherine Wilson “Kate” Sheppard was the most prominent member of New Zealand’s women’s suffrage movement and was the country’s most famous suffragette. She also appears on the New Zealand ten-dollar note. Since New Zealand was the first country to introduce universal suffrage in 1893, Sheppard’s work has had a considerable impact on women’s suffrage movements in several other countries. The year after women’s suffrage was achieved, Sheppard returned to England for a short time, where she met prominent British suffragettes and gave a number of speeches. Upon her return home, she was elected president of the newly founded National Council of Women of New Zealand which had considerable influence on public opinion.