Southland women celebrate suffrage
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.