Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury celebrates International Women's Day

The Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand, celebrated International Women's Day by holding their March meeting at Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House, home of Kate Sheppard. Kate is a celebrated leader of New Zealand's women's suffrage campaign, which led to New Zealand being the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the right to vote.

The club took the opportunity to have District Governor Phillippa Jacobs-Lory present awards to two recent winners nominated by the club, MacKenzie Butler and Lauren Thomas. McKenzie is the club's Young Women in Public Affairs Awardee, and Lauren is the district's 2022 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholar. At the event, the two young women shared their stories and inspired the members with their achievements and commitment to building a better world for women and girls.

Towards the end, the club took time to consider women who had inspired and motivated them and to share those thoughts to celebrate women in the public and private spheres, raising awareness of their contributions and challenges.