Don Matheson. Anti-nuclear demonstration in Aotea Square, 24 May 1983. Photo ref: 1351- 1 Heritage Collections, Auckland Libraries.

From go to wow! Aotearoa's largest women's march

FreeAccessibleCentral Auckland

Monday 25 September, 12pm-1pm


Central City Library, top floor meeting room

44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland Central

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How did the largest women's protest march in Aotearoa New Zealand happen on 24 May in 1983? It started with a phone call from a woman at Greenham Common peace camp in the UK - wanting kiwi women to join an International Women's Day for Nuclear Disarmament.

Fast forward to a NZ Herald meeting advert, serendipity and good timing; diverse groups of women from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and skills, making connections and organising at speed. Knowing our heritage - our herstory - can make us stronger.

Kathleen Ryan and Karen Stacey were two of the women involved. We'll be reflecting on our experiences and interacting with those who attend. We can learn from past actions and this can help shape how we respond to the issues we face today.

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