I am sorry but I don’t have the time to go through and count the number of women on elected Councils around the country. I am sure someone will do this.
But here in Christchurch we have seen a move not only rightwards but manwards. As well as a male mayor, the number of women on Council has dropped from 6 to 5 (7 to 5 including the mayor). That gives a female participation rate of just 29%.
On the regional Council (ECan), there is now only three women among 14 elected members. The two new Maori seats are also both held by men. That gives a participation rate of just 18.75% for women.
How is it in your city or town? Is this election a victory not only for the right but also for men? Except in Wellington, of course, with the amazing Tory Whanau winning the Mayoralty, and, as far as I can see, around half the councillors elected are women.
I would like to see the day that women hold up half the sky in all elections, not because of any special treatment or dealings, but just because we live in a fair and equal country. Oh to dream!