South­land women cel­e­brate suf­frage

The Southland Times - - NEWS - DAVE NI­COLL

The fact that four women in are in the run­ning in In­ver­cargill for a po­si­tion as mem­ber of Par­lia­ment shows the equal­ity move­ment is build­ing in so­ci­ety.

About 60 women gath­ered at the As­cot Park Ho­tel in In­ver­cargill yes­ter­day for a break­fast, which cel­e­brated women’s suf­frage.

In­ver­cargill can­di­dates Dr Liz Craig (Labour) and Rochelle Suren­dran (Greens) were present at the break­fast but NZ First MP Ria Bond and Na­tional MP Sarah Dowie were ab­sent.

Na­tional Coun­cil of Women South­land branch pres­i­dent Anne McCracken said it was im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge the role of women in our so­ci­ety.

‘‘It’s also the role that we play, and while our or­gan­i­sa­tion is striv­ing for gen­der equal­ity there’s also a place for men in our lives. It’s a bal­ance.

‘‘We can’t do with­out hus­bands, fa­thers and grand­fa­thers.’’

The equal­ity move­ment was build­ing up, and so­ci­ety was ad­dress­ing the is­sue, McCracken said.

‘‘It’s bring­ing aware­ness for this com­mu­nity in In­ver­cargill,’’ she said.

The Na­tional Coun­cil of Women-hosted break­fast event in­cluded a guest speaker.

This year, that guest speaker was Dr Diana MacLean, who spoke about her con­nec­tion with in­ter­na­tional Holo­caust sur­vivor Otto Frank. Dr MacLean’s re­mark­able story is pub­lished on Page A8.

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