Two events were attended by BPW members to celebrate International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013. Both are becoming annual events and it it is possible that more BPW members may attend in the future – great networking opportunities.
The first on Friday 8 March, was organised by Zonta Club of Auckland, at Khartoum Place, Lorne Street, in the city, the site of the famous Suffrage Mural that has been subject of a long-standing dispute between Auckland (City) Council and the arts community. This was followed by refreshments and entertainment by schools and community groups, as well as displays by women’s organisations, (including by BPW Auckland), in the Town Hall Reception Lounge, hosted by the Mayor Len Brown and Councillor Sandra Coney. Speeches about “celebrating women’s achievements” were delivered by Mayor Len Brown, Maureen Heine, Zonta NZ District Governor, Cr Sandra Coney, long time feminist and women’s health activist, with a message from the Governor General. Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. Dame Catherine Tizard was to speak but apologised for health reasons. Sir Jerry’s speech focussed on the NZ IWD theme “A Promise is a Promise – Time to take Action on Ending Domestic Violence against Women and Girls”. Maureen Heine’s speech focussed on the International theme “The Genda Agenda – gaining momentum” and quoted Gloria Steinum “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”. Cr Coney’s speech was “herstory” and her journey through the feminist activities through the 60’s and 70’s to fight for women’s rights.
As a part of the celebration, NCW Manukau announced awardees of an annual presentation “Honouring Achieving Auckland Women” which this year included NCW Papakura/Franklin member Frances Townsend.
Speeches presented at these gatherings are available on this Blog and I recommend them for your reading.
BPW Franklin Life Member
BPW NZ Past President