CSW – Bernadette

CSW 2014 and beyond

Bernadette has often said that her three month internship with the Grail in the Bronx and her participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2014 changed her life completely.

Fresh from finishing a Masters in International Development, she went to New York in February 2014 ready to broaden her knowledge and understanding, but emerged from her Grail-embedded experience with a passion for advocacy and a burning desire to follow a career path in that direction. She was fortunate to be employed by the Global Network for Rights and Development in Stavangar, Norway, as a research officer, but soon became responsible for setting up the whole department focussed on the empowerment of women. In 2015, she found another job, as Research and Communications officer for the European Institute of Gender Equality in Vilnius, Lithuania. She can still hardly believe that it all started with the Grail and that the journey has already taken her to so many different countries and life experiences.

Tricia Gemmell (Grail Sydney) on behalf of her daughter Bernadette