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Self-Esteem Speaker Arrives in NZ for 2 Week Tour

14 October 2009

What: The Liberty of Being Me

Where: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin

When: Beginning Friday October 16

The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPWNZ) and the Rua and Clarrie Stevens Trust have collaborated to bring Christina Berton PhD to New Zealand to empower women through self-esteem.

Christina has a doctorate degree in Jungian Couples Therapy. She has additional specialisation in Resonance Repatterning and Family Systems Therapy. Since 2007, she has served as advisor for the DOVE Self Esteem Fund in Mexico that has reached more than 85,000 people through conferences and workshops.

As part of our national Family Violence Project, BPWNZ are inviting all women in New Zealand to share in this ground-breaking presentation that delves into the issues and challenges surrounding self-esteem. Self-esteem affects everyone from all walks of life, backgrounds, professions, ethnicities and economic circumstances.

Do you know that 1 in 3 New Zealand women will experience violence from their intimate partner during the term of their relationship?

BPW New Zealand decided that they needed to understand and offer practical solutions to women which was supportive and enabling. The Liberty of Being Me tour offers every woman these opportunities!

Research has identified effects on children of observing violence at home and they include; internalising and externalising affects (these include anxiety, fear, somatic problems, depression and withdrawal while externalising effects incorporate aggression, disobedience and destructiveness); effects on self-concept (i.e. self-esteem); social skills (i.e. detrimental effects on social development) and school performance (i.e. lowered achievement).

With the purpose of creating awareness, participants will learn the importance of self-esteem.


Any surplus funds from Christina Berton's tour will be donated to the New Zealand Women's Refuge.


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