Queen’s Birthday Party Hong Kong 2018: celebrating 100 years of votes for women
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which gave women the right to vote in the UK for the first time.
On Friday 8 June, Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macao Mr Andrew Heyn and his wife Mrs Jane Heyn hosted the annual Queen's Birthday Party in Hong Kong to celebrate the 92nd Birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second. The Consul-General was delighted to welcome Guests of Honour His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as well as guests from business, government, civil society and education.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which gave women the right to vote in the UK for the first time. The UK Government is marking this historic moment with a programme of activities to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage, educate young people about its significance, and encourage more women to participate in public life so that they have an equal voice in the decisions that affect them.
Inspired by this anniversary, the theme of this year's Queen's Birthday Party was equality. A timeline of important milestones in Britain's journey to equality – from the race discrimination act in 1976, to the formation of the first women's Rugby League in 1983, and the introduction of same-sex marriages in 2013 – were displayed at the party. Guests were also invited to view an exhibition of photos, newspaper articles and posters from 1900-1920 and a slide show celebrating the achievements over the past 100 years of trailblazing women in all sectors of society.
The Consul-General told guests that it was a good time to celebrate how far the UK and Hong Kong had come since the Representation of the People Act first extended the franchise to women in 1918, but that we still had further to go.