Today the Human Rights Commission premieres its Suffrage 125 video – Still Striving for Equality, which features a former Prime Minister, a former Governor General, a Supreme Court Justice and On the Rag podcasters from The Spinoff.
Still Striving for Equality reflects on the gains that women have made in New Zealand since they won the right to vote in 1893. At the same time, it focuses on the serious human rights issues still facing women today – our unprecedented family violence statistics, the gender pay gap and a lack of women in business leadership.
The video stars 14 women who have all reached the top of their fields. While each applaud the 19th Century women who worked tirelessly to build support for suffrage, each interviewee also deplores the constant struggle to this day for true equality.
As Dame Sylvia Cartwright, former Governor General and High Court Judge says in the video: “I can’t believe we are still talking about discrimination against women.”
The four-minute video – available on You Tube and the Human Rights Commission website – makes the point that the suffragists of 1893 would be “horrified”, to quote Justice Dame Susan Glazebrook, by the human rights issues faced by women and their families that still exist in New Zealand.