Khartoum Place, Auckland
The global International Women’s Day theme for 2013
‘The Gender Agenda – gaining momentum’
We all know that the advancement of women is of prime importance to the economy, business and society.
In the words of Gloria Steinem:
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”
How true this is – women have had to struggle to receive recognition and equality over the years – for many of us this seems an eternity.
It is not some a radical idea that women are equal – we are equal and if we do not keep up the momentum we will drop back to where we have come.
US President Obama touched on the gender issue in his inaugural address:
“Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts”
Today the Zonta Club of Auckland has extended the global theme
The Gender Agenda – gaining momentum
‘Celebrating Women’s Achievements’
We have much to celebrate in New Zealand
– The first country to gain the vote for women
– The pioneering women of the past who were the first to break the stereotype in the professions and business and opened the way for many of us today
– New Zealand women who have excelled, and still excelling in sport, the Arts and academically on the world stage
– The young women of today who are venturing out to make their mark with confidence in their chosen fields
– Professor Marilyn Waring – named on a list of 50 people who will change the world,
– Helen Clark – Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme the third-highest UN position, since 2009
How proud we are of the achievements of these women and many others who succeed on a daily basis by taking incremental steps towards their future and improving their lives.
As a small country we certainly punch above our weight, we are proud of this and what our women have accomplished.
However we must not be complacent – we need to continue to push forward –
Celebrate women’s achievements but at the same time keep the “Gender Agenda’ gaining momentum.
Zonta International D16 (NZ) Governor
Maureen Heine 2012 – 2014
Empowering women – inspiring futures