WINNIPEG — Canada’s first female prime minister spoke at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Wednesday. Kim Campbell helped kicked off events for the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Manitoba.
People in the audience said they are hoping events like this open up discussions and educate younger generations.
“She’s the first female prime minister and that’s pretty amazing,” one attendee said. “It wasn’t 100 years later but it was a long time after women got the vote.”
The human rights museum currently has an exhibit that goes hand in hand with this special anniversary. They’re hoping to shed light on the importance of Thursday, and to kick off a year long special focus on this topic.
“It features a few different stories, some related to democratic rights, legal rights, others to discrimination, poverty, showing the variety of issues women have fought for to achieve their rights over time,” Jodi Giesbrecht with the CMHR said.
On Thursday the CMHR is partnering with the Manitoba Museum to offer a full day of events for high school students. Campbell will be among several female leaders speaking to youth about women’s rights.