"Nobody’s going to fix the world for us - and we all know there are still a lot of things that need fixing."

Katia

Kat | Computer Science Student | Christchurch

It’s easy to feel disillusioned about politics. There are so many differing views, and it seems like there’s always some troll on the internet picking a fight. Progress can be painfully slow.

But the truth is: there’s also a huge opportunity to make a difference. We’re incredibly lucky to live in one of the world’s best democracies. It’s not perfect, but it’s a hell of a lot better than other parts of the world. And with your help, it can be even better.

Everybody knows that New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote. What we tend to forget is that the word “give” isn’t terribly accurate. It wasn’t as if Kate Sheppard just asked nicely and the men running the New Zealand government were like, “Oh sure, you can join in too.” She and her fellow suffragists campaigned hard for decades – organising protests, gathering petition signatures, and putting up with a whole lot of sexist shit – to win us the vote.

My point is: things don’t change if we don’t engage. Nobody’s going to fix the world for us. And we all know there are still a lot of things that need fixing.

Having the right to vote is huge, but we’ve also got to use it. All around the world right now, we’re seeing how the youth vote can be a game changer – or could have been, if they’d only gone out and voted. Let’s not let New Zealand pull a stupid like the UK with Brexit or the US with Trump.

This election, join me. Let’s vote with pride. Let’s change the game.

 

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