ADHRRF – At 9:30 a.m. on January 20, 2018, to mark the first anniversary of the Global Women’s March campaign, Women’s March Aotearoa New Zealand held a large human rights convention at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington. This event is to call for stopping physical and sexual violence and ensuring the safety of women, and to encourage women to make their voices heard.
The event was live-streamed to the world, as the first of 66 Women’s March events held in 26 countries around the world, and also a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. On that day, about 150 people attended the meeting.
According to the hostess, since the global women’s human rights march was held on January 21, 2017, women’s march organizations have made remarkable achievements, and Jacinda Ardern became the third female Prime Minister of New Zealand. They are expecting to do more for women’s rights in the new year.
Alison Mau, one of the New Zealand’s most respected broadcast and print journalists, was invited to give a keynote speech for the event, and five panelists of studying women’s rights participated in the lively panel discussion. Among them, Sharnay Cocup, winner of the 2017 Women of Influence Young Leader, said: “No matter what age, race or gender, you can do great big things if you believe in yourself, your community and country! Never give up!” And she encouraged on-site participants to be actively involved in activities of supporting human rights.
During this event, the hostess talked about the issue of human rights with Christians of The Church of Almighty God from China. She felt very sad when knowing the situation of human rights in China and then said that holding such activities would bring more people to understand the current status of women’s rights and to heed human rights. She also advised the Christians to pay attention to the website for further participation in human rights activities.
The host also set up question-and-answer session about women’s rights and received a positive response from the audience. Finally, the event came to an end in the exchange and interaction.