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Celebrating 110 years of Women’s Suffrage in NZ

Celebrating 110 years of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand

The 110th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the women who campaigned for the right to vote, and to reflect on the position of women in society today.

Ministry of Women’s Affairs Acting Chief Executive, Anne Carter, said “women winning the right to vote was a significant milestone for New Zealand women.”

New Zealand made history by being the first nation to introduce universal adult suffrage.

“The suffragists campaigned for the chance to influence society. We have a rich history of generations of women who have worked to achieve changes for women,” said Ms Carter.

A national memorial, administered by the Landmarks Trust, was unveiled in the Wellington Cathedral today. The memorial honours some of the women who have made a difference and marks the historical events that brought about social and legislative change for New Zealand women.

“The memorial is significant as it provides a reminder of the challenges and achievements of the women who have gone before us. For us to understand how to progress opportunities for women in the future we need to know about women’s experiences in the past.”

“The Ministry of Women’s Affairs continues to carry the baton passed down through the generations by addressing the remaining inequalities that prevent women from fully participating, economically and socially, in New Zealand society,” said Ms Carter.

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs is currently preparing an across-government Women’s Action Plan that will identify a clear vision, set of goals and framework for action to improve women’s lives. The proposed Women’s Action Plan will be presented to Cabinet later this year for their consideration.

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