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United Nations Radio Project - International Women's Day

We are enormously proud to announce that our girls have been involved in a very high profile radio project with the United Nations in support of International Women’s Day 2014 and its theme “Equality for women is progress for all.”

At BHS, we believe that UN International Women’s Day is an important date on the calendar, recognising the vital contribution women make worldwide while highlighting the issues that still impact upon them in many parts of the world.

Interviews by our girls, with some of the world’s most influential UN female officials, will be

 disseminated around the world. This is part of a unique radio project scheduled to be made available for broadcast to all media on Saturday, 8th March. Click on each photo for a link to hear the interview audio recordings.

Covering a wide range of subjects including conflict, famine and, of course, gender equality; the girls, have been wholly responsible for researching the biographies of the the women and producing the A-list interview questions to be beamed across the globe.

Seeking to inspire tomorrow’s generation of women, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Ms. Angela Kane; Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children; Judy Cheng Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Director of UN Women and Ms. Susana Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet all agreed to be interviewed by our girls.

Judy Cheng Hopkins 1 25 Feb 2014

Elizabeth Isaac, Lauren Paku and Jahnavi Singh interview Ms. Judy Cheung Hopkins

Some of our French speaking pupils also interviewed Leila Zerrougi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

Prior to the interviews, the girls were privileged and very grateful to be given a mentoring session by Alexandra Hill, an ITN broadcast journalist. Mrs Hill gave the very enthusiastic group of girls tips on compiling questions, conducting interviews, speaking and listening via radio and webcam and also shared many of her own experiences. 

Further inspired by their meeting with Mrs Hill, the girls, with support from English teachers Miss Bolton and Miss Johnson, composed and rehearsed excellent questions relevant to each woman’s role and which also linked to our school’s ‘Pillars of Learning:’ Resilience, Enterprise, Innovation, Community Spirit and Environmental Awareness.

The Junior School Digital Radio Station became a hub of activity and anticipation as the technical and production crew checked and double-checked all of the equipment prior to ‘going live.’

The interviews took place 24th - 28th February, and were recorded via webcam beamed from the United Nations International Headquarters in New York. Click on each photo for a link to hear the interview audio recordings.

Click here to view a video recording of the interview with Ms. Lakshmi Puri.

Enthusiastic rather than nervous, the girls were articulate and confident when conducting the interviews, asking each of the interviewees questions that they themselves believe need to be answered.

“Who better to speak of their expectations for the world on International Women’s Day than the young women of the future?, commented Stéphane Dujarric, Director of News and Media Division for the United Nations' Department of Public Information. The girls of Blackheath High School GDST have demonstrated just how innovative, enterprising and community spirited their generation can be, illustrating that gender equality is progress for all.“

Our Headteacher Mrs Lisa Laws responded “We are very proud of the way our girls have responded to the challenge of communicating with a global audience to recognise the vital nature of women’s contribution worldwide while highlighting the issues that still impact upon them in many parts of the world.

“Using the latest technology in a very innovative way, they have shown great levels of social responsibility and awareness, embracing the very highest standards, values and behaviours”, she added.

Susana Malcorra

Ms. Susana Malcorra