Meeting Dr Marilyn Waring will change your perceptions of justice, economics and the worth of your own work forever. David Suzuki has said of this world-renowned political economist, feminist and author that she 'penetrates to the heart of the global, ecological and social crisis that afflicts the world.'
In 1975, 22-year-old Marilyn became the youngest member in the New Zealand Parliament. At the age of 24 she became Chairperson of the Public Expenditures Committee. She travelled to over 35 countries in this capacity and discovered that the rules that governed the finances of her own country were operating worldwide. Marilyn also discovered that our international accounting systems do not count many things - notably the work of women and the cost of environmental damage.
Marilyn challenges the assumption that international business systems are adequately meeting the needs of both local and global communities. Using plain language laced with ironic humour, she makes it clear that classic economics work to benefit one particular group, while the rest of us - the vast majority - pay the price.
Dr Marilyn Waring is Professor of Public Policy at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. She is a Board member of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and has many years experience as a Board Member of Crown Agencies. She is best known internationally for her work on international accounting systems that measure 'growth' and 'development'. Her book Counting for Nothing/ If Women Counted was the subject of the National Film Board of Canada's award winning documentary 'Who's Counting - Marilyn Waring on sex lies and global economics', directed by Oscar winner Terre Nash.
Marilyn was one of 40 'visionaries' chosen by the BBC World Service from throughout the English-speaking world for their series of hour-long millennium interviews, and one of the 1000 Women nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. She has worked as a multi lateral development consultant in Asia, Africa and the South Pacific, and conducted the Ministerial Review of NZAID in 2005.
Her latest books are Three Masquerades: Equality, Work and Human Rights and In the Lifetime of A Goat.
Client Comments for Marilyn Waring
Marilyn Waring travels from New Zealand
- Marilyn Waring gave an incredibly powerful, passionate and inspiring presentation which was spoken about by delegates afterwards in glowing terms.
Rural Women's Network
- Extremely well prepared. An in-depth, quality speech.
The Conference Company Limited
- Very passionate and interesting. An obviously visionary member of the world's community and her views and commentary were on topics of far higher importance than any other at the conference.
National Public Sector Accountants Conference
- Marilyn was a joy to work with and the content of her speech and presentation was outstanding.
Victorian Women's Trust
- Dr Waring's contribution was stimulating and relevant to our overall theme. She was able to draw on the breadth of her experience to thoroughly engage her audience in globalization issues.
International Society for the Performing Arts NSW
- Marilyn Waring was amazing, not just as a speaker but as a person.
- Gender and Development and Civil Society
- Human Rights: What do ‘equality’ and ‘dignity’ mean, and why do majorities feel threatened by claims for rights?
- Local & Global Economics
- Participatory democracies – when is a democracy healthy?
- Plain speaking Economics – what do ‘growth’ and ‘development’ really mean?
- The Environment
- Women and Economics
- ‘Well being’ – what does this mean for communities? How do government plan for and evaluate that?
"Your communication is excellent. Thank you."
Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
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