• Fight for your rights

    Published in January 2005

    What do the following all have in common: actor Russell Crowe, mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (conqueror of Everest), the movie Lord of the Rings (and its director Peter Jackson) and the All Blacks rugby team? Answer: they were all made in New Zealand. This week New Zealand commemorates Waitangi Day (the country’s national day) on February 6th. Among the many things that New Zealand is famous for, it was the first country to grant women the vote. Many of us take the right to vote (suffrage) for granted but this week we focus on the courageous women who fought hard to achieve equal rights. And the battle doesn’t go as far back as some may think; Switzerland only achieved suffrage in 1971, while South Africa didn’t achieve it until as recently as 1994.

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