Montana Hurndell - Vice President VUWWIB
On July 25, members of Victoria Women in Business was invited to attend The Annual Women’s Debate 2017: Eliminating Gender Inequality. This was organised by The Zonta Club of Wellington, Graduate Women Wellington and the National Council of Women Wellington Branch.
The Annual Women’s Debate brings together politicians from various parties to discuss their stance on gender equality, and how their party will be able to bring change within this area for the upcoming election. In attendance were MPs; Metiria Turei (Green Party), Jacinda Ardern (Labour Party), Mei Reedy-Taare (Māori Party), Jenny Condie (Opportunities Party), Nicola Willis (National Party) and Tracey Martin (NZ First Party). We acknowledge that while eliminating gender discrimination does not just lie on the shoulders of politicians, it is important to have change affected from the top.
It was amazing to walk into the room and see such a diverse group of people in attendance. We sat amongst women of many ages and ethnicities, from girl guides to students, mothers and grandmothers.
However, the room was not of strictly feminine presence; there were many males in attendance. I believe this is important to note. The Annual Women’s debate is a feminist event. The word ‘feminist’ is one that many shy away from, cringe at the sound of and disdain due to the connotations of ‘man hating’.