Dr Gill Greer
Co-editor of "The People's Report"
Dr. Gill Greer co-edited “The People’s Report” on the SDGs last year, for HuiE!, as an alternate report. She is a Board member of Evofem Biotech – a Nasdaq listed company working in women’s health in San Diego – and recently completed a contract as Commissioner for the review of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, working in 160 different countries. She is the former CE of the National Council of Women, and the Rare Disorders New Zealand where she is now Acting Chair. She has held CE positions with Volunteer Service Abroad New Zealand, as Director General of IPPF (London) and CE of New Zealand Family Planning. A teacher originally, much of her work has been with community groups in New Zealand and internationally, with a focus on ensuring that the voices of the most vulnerable individuals and communities, and in particular women, girls, and young people, LGBTQI+ and the disabled are heard, and all people have the opportunity to realise their full potential. This has involved service delivery and advocacy in many settings-with the UN, governments, parliamentarians, and communities, bringing together coalitions of cross sectoral groups to achieve positive change. As well as leadership of organisations and coalitions she has wide experience in governance and advisory roles, including with governments. She has written two books on Katherine Mansfield, and was the researcher for the award winning documentary “A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield”, and co-writer of a book on Robin Hyde.
Gill was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to international health and women’s rights in 2012, and awarded an MNZM previously for her contribution to Family Planning and New Zealand Literature. In December she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Victoria University of Wellington, where she was previously Assistant Vice Chancellor Equity and Human Resources, Director Student Services and Liaison Officer.
By Dr. Gillian Greer Former Assistant Vice Chancellor Equity and Human Resources (Victoria University of Wellington) Co-editor of “The People’s Report” [Pictured: Gill – Mother, Grandmother & Sustainability Advocate] I began this Blog in April, with the words, “It’s so long since I wrote a blog that I’m sitting at my unusually tidy desk thinking, “But where do I begin?” It was a golden autumn day, in the middle of a pandemic. Waves larger than I have ever seen here were pounding the beach nearby. The UN was urging countries to work together to defeat Covid-19, but the US President