It is international women’s day and the global theme for 2022 is ‘Changing Climates: Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’.
This year’s theme is all about recognising and amplifying the important role women and girls around the world play in addressing climate change.
Gendered norms and ideas of what a woman’s role should be in society often mean that women and girls experience the impacts of climate change and natural disasters differently. Yet in spite of this, their voices are frequently side-lined when it comes to developing solutions to the climate crisis – with 67% of all climate-related decision-making roles currently held by men.
Considering this theme, Kingdom PR wanted to pay tribute to the inspiration that is the amazing Gill Williams. Gill Williams is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in the UK and a downright amazing human being - she is also Hannah's cousin.
Gill has accomplished a lot during her career, dedicating her life towards helping the environment and saving the planet. Her experience spans across 65 countries, producing documentaries and wildlife films for mainstream broadcasters along with NGOs - primarily the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Zoological Society of London.
Gill is co-founder of Wildside UK Productions, a TV production company specialising in conservation, science and education and is also the author of 100 Dangerous Aliens - I highly recommend you buy her book about these endangered species: https://www.amazon.com/100-Alien-Invaders-Changing-Wildlife/dp/1841623598
In addition to production work, Gill and cameraman partner Steve Hills run a successful media training business. Training industry leaders from all over the world, they prepare them in all areas of media relations and specialise in crisis communications. Wildside also operates a multi-camera unit, filming and streaming live events from venues around the world.
In 2017 I was fortunate enough to visit them in the UK and it will forever be one of my favourite memories spending time with Gill and Steve, hearing their passion for change and amazing work stories.
My other favourite memory was going on a trip with them filming the whales in Kaikoura and hearing about the impact that sustainable tourism had on the local community.
Thank you Gill & Steve for the wonderful memories and we applaud you Gill for your lifelong dedication to making the world a better place through awareness of climate change and its impact!
Flashback to 2011, helping Gill and Steve with carrying filming gear in Kaikoura.
Vienna/ UK trip 2017
Gill & Steve visiting Kapiti in 2020, receiving some Kapiti love.