Date marks first vote

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Yes­ter­day marked the 125th an­niver­sary of women in Aotearoa/New Zealand vot­ing for the first time and cel­e­brates the progress made for women.

Min­is­ter for Women Julie Anne Gen­ter said it was a re­mem­brance of Novem­ber 28, 125 years ago, when women went to the polling booths for the first time.

A to­tal of 109,461 women reg­is­tered — about 80 per cent of the adult fe­male pop­u­la­tion and 90,290 women voted — 85 per cent of reg­is­tered women. It was a far higher turnout than that of men (70 per cent).

“Those women knew vot­ing was the way to get the changes they wanted for them­selves, their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. This year’s suf­frage cel­e­bra­tions have cre­ated sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties to drive progress to­wards gen­der equal­ity in New Zealand.

“This year we have seen New Zealand com­mu­ni­ties, from Whanga¯ rei to Ste­wart Is­land, or­gan­is­ing events to show­case and cel­e­brate women in their com­mu­ni­ties, to en­cour­age more progress on is­sues such as the gen­der pay gap, and to cre­ate bet­ter fu­tures for our next gen­er­a­tion.

“The Suf­frage 125 Com­mu­nity Fund has sup­ported 42 projects across New Zealand with $300,000 fund­ing. The fund re­ceived over 240 ap­pli­ca­tions for this fund­ing, which shows the de­mand for ac­tiv­i­ties which ben­e­fit women and girls in New Zealand.

“I have been strongly en­cour­aged by the com­mit­ment to ac­tion from women and men to is­sues im­pact­ing on women.

“The Min­istry for Women’s for­mal Suf­frage 125 pro­gramme closes this month but the work con­tin­ues. That day in 1893 was a turn­ing point for women as they took power into their hands.

“I en­cour­age all of us look to our fu­ture, and con­tinue the mo­men­tum for so­cial change and a fairer so­ci­ety for women and girls, across Gov­ern­ment, NGOs, busi­ness and com­mu­ni­ties,” said the min­is­ter.

Photo / Sup­plied

Film­ing un­der way with Ra¯ hui Papa at Kara¯ piro.

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