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Kick in the Door (Kind) Women announced yesterday they would host the former prime minister in Invercargill next month, to hear, and learn from, her experiences as "one of New Zealand's most influential women".
The group was made up of Southland women who were on a mission to "build a strong network of women" in the region, Kind Women co-ordinator, and Invercargill deputy mayor, Rebecca Amundsen said.
To host the former United Nations Development Programme leader was an "honour", Mrs Amundsen said.
"Helen once said women needed to roll out their own carpet and kick in the door, which is exactly what Kind Women is about," she said.
This year marked 125 years since women won the right to vote, and the event would coincide with suffrage celebrations, she said.
"We still have a way to go yet, and by having Helen speak, we hope to empower Southland women to reach our end-goal of equality."
The event would act as a fundraiser for the group's Southland Women's Hui scheduled for November 3, she said.
The event would give women the opportunity to "support and empower" each other, and to discuss ways for women to reach equality, she said.
Leaning In with Helen Clark will be held at Centrestage Theatre on October 17.