Women against the tour
Women's groups were prominent in the widespread protests against the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand. Groups such as the Maori Women's Welfare League took formal anti-tour positions and women active in a range of church denominations, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist and Anglican also showed their support by joining the movement.
For Maori women such as Merata Mita, Ripeka Evans and Donna Awatere the tour brought together the issue of domestic and South African racism. Post-tour these women would become nationally recognised leaders. Merata Mita's documentary, Patu, would go on to become the iconic national record of the clash of protestors with rugby supporters.
Close examination of anti-tour protest photos reveals about as many women as men. For those not in the front line, wearing an anti-tour badge was a simple way to declare their allegiance. Anti-tour protesters argued that sport was not separate from politics, and that playing rugby against South Africa condoned apartheid. Some protesters were hard-line activists, but most were ordinary people who abhorred apartheid and violence.
What would Kate Sheppard have thought of the thing that is the #hashtag?
In 2017 on 21st January, millions of people around the world took part in the largest global human rights demonstration ever – the Women’s March, a demonstration against sexism and sexual violence and a call for women's rights.
"This moment was born of a very real and potent sense of unrest. Yet it doesn't have a leader, or a single, unifying tenet. The hashtag #MeToo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it." said Time Magazine.
At least 2000 people turned out to the march in Auckland