Celebrate Women: Past, Present and Future


On the 24th of November, the National Library and WWW4Peace marked the 125th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote by celebrating women past, present and future.

Over 100 leading women and some men attended the event held at the National Library to hear inspiring speakers including former politician and educator Dame Winnie Laban, Parihaka Kuia Maata Wharehoka, Filmmaker Gaylene Preston, Girl Boss Founder and CEO Alexia Hilbertidou, the Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero and Elsie Jolliffe, a great great great niece of Kate Sheppard.

In addition to the speeches, we were honoured for Gaylene’s first short film marking the 125th anniversary, ‘Hot Words and Bold Retorts’, to be showcased at the event and were moved by performances from the Wellington Filipino Choir, by Moana Ormsby from the National Library and local musician and peace activist Kira Hundleby.

The collaboration with the National Library started in May and we would like to thank their Events team for co-hosting the event. We would also like to thank Eva Kaprinay who was the official photographer for the evening and Grill Republic for providing the delicious Filipino refreshments.

Biographies of the Speakers

Event Programme