Suffrage 125 Celebrations in Christchurch

A special sold out event was held at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch on Saturday night, with the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, as the keynote speaker.

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Proceeds from the event's ticket sales were donated to Christchurch YWCA, to support the important work they do for local women and children.

The Christchurch YWCA’s connection to the Suffrage movement goes back to the 1880s, when Kate Sheppard served on their governance board.

 Sushi Making Lessons at the Y Christchurch

Sushi Making Lessons at the Y Christchurch

The Y Christchurch was originally established to provide emergency housing and support to vulnerable settler women. They are continuing their important work today, providing emergency and transitional housing, health and social services to local women and women with children.

This year alone, over 350 residents have stayed in their care. 2,500 meals have been provided to children staying at the Y and they have held over 200 breakfast and lunch making sessions.

They also offer an in-house counselling service as well as a number of skill building programmes and activities for both women and children staying.

If you would like to support the work the Y Christchurch are doing, you can find out more here.

You can view the full event below.