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KateSheppardNZ

Its election year in NZ and I wanted to hear more from the women in NZ politics

I figured that if I wanted to hear more from our women, then there was a high chance that others would too.

Women’s issues are often subordinated in election years as male voices dominate public spaces. This blog intends to provide a platform for the voices of women in NZ politics so that we can gain a better understanding of those women who are representing our interests in the political establishment.

This blog recognises that women are not homogeneous beings. We have different needs, desires, interests, and aspirations.  It acknowledges, that we all make decisions for different reasons and that our experiences are unique to each of us.

The purpose is to showcase the personable and diverse qualities of the women who colour our political spectrum without the noise of party politics, but at the same time not demarcating those women from the parties they operate within. While the site is dedicated in content to women, it by no means excludes men as a relevant and important part of the intended audience. Rather, this site aims to give both men a women a different perspective on women in politics, so that we can all appreciate who these women are, where they come from, how they think about different issues, and what motivates them.

I have approached a number of MP’s and candidates to see if they’d be interested in participating in this site, and I am thrilled to say I have had a very positive response so far.

On that note, I extend the invitation to every women who is an elected candidate for a registered political party (including independent’s) or a current MP. If you are interested, and I haven’t yet sent you an invitation to participate (I will do so soon), please email me carrie.stoddart@gmail.com.

I would love to hear from you!

 [Note, this site is still in the process of being set up, and will become more user friendly soon! Thanks for your patience]

 

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