Awatea Mita, in this still from the Spinoff-Storybox series Aren’t Can’t Don’t. Photo: Ness Patea
Awatea Mita, in this still from the Spinoff-Storybox series Aren’t Can’t Don’t. Photo: Ness Patea

SocietyNovember 28, 2018

Can’t: the NZ women still unable to vote, 125 years after suffrage

Awatea Mita, in this still from the Spinoff-Storybox series Aren’t Can’t Don’t. Photo: Ness Patea
Awatea Mita, in this still from the Spinoff-Storybox series Aren’t Can’t Don’t. Photo: Ness Patea

While the suffrage anniversary offers real cause for celebration, in 2018 not everyone has the right to vote. In the first of two films in our Aren’t Can’t Don’t series, made with the assistance of NZ On Air, women explain what it meant to be denied an opportunity to vote while imprisoned.

One hundred and twenty-five years after women voted for the first time in a New Zealand election, a new two-part documentary from the Spinoff and Storybox looks at why some women are still unable to vote and why it is so difficult for many others to feel like their voices matter.

The first of the short films, Can’t, focuses on the perspectives of women prisoners, who are refused by law the opportunity to vote. That comes hot on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling that denying prisoners suffrage is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. The second, Don’t, which examines some of the many and complex reasons women don’t vote, is launched on The Spinoff tomorrow.

Click here for the full series of video and written posts in the Aren’t Can’t Don’t series.

Aren’t Can’t Don’t is a Spinoff-Storybox series, made possible thanks to funding from New Zealand on Air

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