From Naseby to the UN stage for student nurse

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A high-achieving student nurse from Naseby will be representing New Zealand at the United Nations commission on the status of women next month.

Ashleigh Smith, of Naseby, first gained national attention when, at age 15, she co-founded the Sticks ‘n’ Stones bullying prevention organisation with other Central Otago young people, and last year was named winner of New Zealand’s Queen’s Young Leader award.

Now 20 and in the final year of a bachelor of nursing degree, Miss Smith will be part of the New Zealand New Zealand delegation headed to New York next month for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to get a further understanding what what issues women are facing around the globe,” she said.

Miss Smith would be focusing on issues that impact young females including image-based abuse, domestic violence and mental health, she said.

“I am headed into this with a solution-focused mindset, with the goal of bringing home as many new and innovative ideas as possible to help address inequalities we see here in New Zealand.

“I am really excited to continue my role within Sticks ‘n’ Stones in 2018 and use the information from this experience to keep making sure we provide the best information and resources to support our young people,” she said.

simon.henderson@thenews.co.nz