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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–09–16


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/09/16

“With the suffrage anniversary this week, an advocate says we still have a way to go when it comes to women’s rights.

This Wednesday will mark 125 years of suffrage for New Zealand women.

Dame Margaret Sparrow has been the main voice in advocacy for women’s reproductive rights in the country.”


ISLAMABAD: The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday commended Dr Shireen Mazari for launching vigorous campaign to educate people about rights of woman to inheritance.

In his tweet, the minister embedded a link of the story carried by The News, in which Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari was reported that the ministry has taken initiative to educate the women about their rights to inheritance.”


“During my years in Idaho’s Legislature, it was bad news to me when I would see David Ripley lobbying legislators. That would usually mean an attack on women was pending.

Ripley is the director of Idaho Chooses Life, and it is a rare day when the majority of legislators turns their back on any bad idea he has concerning women’s health. They will pass any proposal of Ripley’s, even knowing it may be unconstitutional.

One legislator who happily supports Ripley’s every whim — denying women the right to their own decisions — is Carolyn Nilsson Troy.”


Suffrage was a stepping stone to other major social reforms for women.

The fight for women’s right to vote was not an end in itself. For Kate Sheppard and the thousands of women who petitioned and campaigned for women’s suffrage, it was a necessary pathway to influence policy related to poverty, violence and alcohol. In their sights were prohibition, equal wages, equitable divorce law, improved health, access to contraception, repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act — under which any woman suspected of being a “common prostitute” could be picked up off the streets, taken to hospital and compulsorily treated for venereal disease — and an end to the detested corset.

In 1885, Sheppard co-founded the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), arguing, as did women around the world, that the excessive use of alcohol led to poverty, ill health, abuse and neglect of women and children. With almost 2000 pubs in the country — one for every 150 adults — colonial New Zealand was no stranger to the effects of alcohol abuse.”


“As the country prepares to celebrate 125 years since women were given the right to vote, South Canterbury’s own links to the anniversary will also be recognised.

The National Council of Women South Canterbury will hold their annual breakfast on Wednesday, with a separate committee organising a planting and display opening ceremony in Timaru. A ceremony is also planned for Waimate.

On September 19, 1893, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, putting New Zealand in the spotlight for women’s rights.”



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