Women’s Right to Vote Centenary Celebration Event

2018 is the year that sees the celebration of 100 years of some women having the right to vote. There are lots of celebrations going on across the country and Leeds have been lucky enough to receive funding to deliver a variety of activity to celebrate the centenary.

Women’s Lives Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council are hosting a series of events. The event on Friday 9th February will launch an annual calendar of activity celebrating 100 years since being given Royal Assent to some Women for the right to vote.

This event will have the usual celebratory activities, speakers, stalls, food and refreshments, all themed around celebrating 100 years since women getting the right to vote, but also aims to challenge Leeds City leaders that there is “Plenty more to do”.

The “Plenty more to do” element aims to provide an opportunity for women and girls to “Challenge” local strategic leads about particular services for women and girls in the city.

The aim is to provide a platform enabling women and girls to have a greater voice and to influence service delivery, by having conversations with those leaders on the day.

The intended outcomes of this activity include:

  • An opportunity for women and girls to influence established programmes of activities around women/girls issues in the city with key services.
  • An opportunity directly influence service leads on identified priorities for women and girls.
  • An opportunity to contribute to the shaping of future services for women and girls.
  • Action planning as a result of the conversations.

The challenges are linked to priorities that have already been identified by women and girls through the Leeds Women and Girls Hub.

These are:

  1. Safety
  2. Employment
  3. Violence against women and girls
  4. Health and Wellbeing
  5. Poverty / Austerity

There will also be the opportunity talk to appropriate officers around additional issues such as:

  • Transport
  • Voice and influence

City leads will present updates about services for women and girls on the themes and through round table conversations and discussions, challenge will be made by attendees about their experiences and barriers they encounter when accessing these services and will be given the opportunity to suggest how things could be improved.

For example: Appropriate representatives from LCC will be in attendance to present and hear challenges around transport for women and girls across the city.

The event will be opened by Councillor Judith Balke who is the Leader of Leeds City Council and will conclude with a light lunch.

There are limited spaces for this event and they are going fast so book quickly to avoid disappointment!

You can book tickets here 

We also have a limited number of stalls available for organisations in Leeds that work with women and girls, so if you are interested in having a stall at the event then please get in touch.

If you want to learn more about the history of Women’s Rights and the journey from 1866 to today there is a free course available, starting 5th February. Click here for more information and to book your place.

There will be lots of smaller events happening across the city throughout the year to celebrate the centenary, so make sure you keep an eye on this website and our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter).