University of Otago graduate Rosina Scott-Fyfe prepares to
travel overseas as part of an international delegation to
the United Nations. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Rosina Scott-Fyfe will make a little bit of history next
week when she leaves Dunedin to become part of an international
delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of
Ms Scott-Fyfe (20) is the first New Zealand resident in the
past 40 years to become part of the World Student Christian
Federation's international delegation to the commission's
annual meeting in New York, officials said.
She was ''very excited'' and also a ''bit nervous'' to be
going to ''a big city like New York''.
The 57th session of the commission will take place at the
United Nations headquarters in New York (March 4 to 15) and
will focus on the ''Elimination and prevention of all forms
of violence against women and girls''.
Ms Scott-Fyfe, who recently completed a BA at Otago
University majoring in Maori studies, said the trip provided
a ''huge opportunity''.
There was ''still a huge gap between men and women in the
world'' in terms of gender equality, and domestic violence
remained a serious problem both in developed countries like
New Zealand and developing nations, she said.
Fellow federation delegates included a representative from
India, as well as others from a couple of countries in
Africa, the United States and Europe.
''I'm really interested in seeing what the different issues
are in terms of what they think, from their perspective, as
Ms Scott-Fyfe is of Ngai Tahu ancestry and is a member of the
Student Christian Movement (SCM) Otago. This year, she is the
manager of the SCM Otago 83rd Book Exchange.
There were 40 applicants from throughout the world for the
nine positions in the federation's latest delegation to the
The Rev Michael Wallace, the vicar of All Saints' Anglican
Church, Dunedin, who served as the federation's Geneva-based
general secretary for six years until 2010, said it was a
''remarkable achievement'' for Ms Scott-Fyfe.
''We should be very proud of Rosina.''
This was a ''wonderful'' chance to lobby overseas Government
representatives, and the female participants provided a
''fresh'' and effective alternative to the usual
presentations to foreign diplomats, he said.