Curtin University student Rachel Jupp has been selected as one of Australia’s five new Global Voices Scholars and will use her award to advocate for boosting the business and entrepreneurial pursuits of regional women in Western Australia.
The Law and International Relations student and Innaloo local will join the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York this month, where she will network with international change-makers as they tackle the conference’s theme of innovation, technical change and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality.
Ms Jupp said she was thrilled to be named a Global Voices Scholar and that her experiences growing up in WA’s Mid-West inspired her drive to empower women in the regions.
“I am originally from Geraldton, which inspired me to use the conference theme to develop a policy paper focusing on enhancing economic participation for women living in regional and remote areas,” Ms Jupp said.
“To propose a program addressing this need and to bring a youth perspective to the discussion is an exciting opportunity, as is the chance to be among decision-makers and influencers at both national and international levels.”
Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne said Ms Jupp’s academic performance, work experience and passion for championing the economic participation of women in regional and remote areas made her a worthy recipient of the coveted scholarship.
“I congratulate Ms Jupp on her Global Voices scholarship which is designed to provide exceptional students with opportunities to materialise those great policy ideas into workable solutions,” Professor Hayne said.
“We are at a critical juncture with matters related to gender equality and I am confident Ms Jupp will use this fantastic opportunity to create change in this space that will have real impact in her home state and beyond.”
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