Zerbanoo Gifford, a human rights campaigner, is coming to Auckland.
The author and founding director of the ASHA Centre, a charity supporting philanthropy worldwide and empowerment of young people, will be in the city from 27 Dec to 9 Jan for the World Zoroastrian International Youth Congress.
Born in India and brought up in London. Zerbanoo Gifford began a charity career at just six years old. Since then, she has been honored with numerous awards for her work in human rights, championing the rights of women, children, and minorities internationally.
Chairing committees and advising political leaders, she was the first Asian woman to stand for Parliament, having made history by first being elected as a Councillor in Harrow, Middlesex. Facing threats and racism, she challenged and changed the political topography in Britain, and is seen as a pioneer for the Asian community in national politics.
As a guest speaker on the second day of the International Youth Congress, she will also be launching her biography "An Uncensored Life", at the event.
The stories in her book illustrates not only challenges facing women in the modern world, but also the possibilities and triumphs that are now available to all. The book is not yet available in New Zealand bookshops, but copies will be available for signing and buying.
She will also be making an appearance at the Botany Library on Jan 4, at 11am.