New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland

New Zealand Celebrates 120 Years of Women's Suffrage

Hon Jo Goodhew, New Zealand's Minister of Women's Affairs

From New Zealand’s Minister of Women’s Affairs

On 19 September 120 years ago New Zealand made history.

This year we will be celebrating those very determined and courageous women who stood up and blazed the way with an act of leadership of international renown in 1893. They broke down barriers for women and subsequently helped change world attitudes. As we mark 120 years of Suffrage we also have the occasion to consider how we can further progress opportunities for women in the future.

It is imperative that women and girls are able to live safe from violence and have every opportunity to succeed in economic, political and community life. In the course of celebrations, I will be issuing "a call to action" to the men and women in attendance. We all have a part to play. While suffrage was led by a very few determined and courageous women, it came about because of the collective actions of many women and men.

Suffrage really does illustrate how we can achieve change through meaningful action when alliances are forged.


Hon Jo Goodhew -



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