New Zealand Governor Gets Honarary Doctorate
New Zealand Governor Gets Honarary Doctorate
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  • 승인 2006.05.03 00:00
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▲ [Photo by Kim Ji-sun]New Zealand Governor-General Silvia Cartwright

   Dame Silvia Cartwright, the Governor-General of New Zealand, received an Honorary Doctorate at Ewha on April 19. Ewha President Shin In-ryung announced, "Ewha nominates Governor-General Cartwright for the honorary degree of Doctor of Law in recognition of her commendable achievements in justice and human rights and the equality of the sexes as a woman lawyer, jurist, and chief of state." In her acceptance speech, Governor-General Cartwright said, "I am honored to receive an honorary doctorate from Ewha, which has a long tradition of educating women of such quality and variety." Her speech then focused on her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated profession. She emphasized the importance of education several times, saying that women must be educated to a high level if they are to contribute to the communities and families. She ended her speech by saying that it is the responsibility of the next generation of educated women to ensure the rights women have fought for are not lost. And, women should find a balance in society which ensures every person, no matter what sex, has the same rights.
   Dame Silvia Cartwright was elected the eighteenth Governor-General of New Zealand on April 4, 2000, and is expected to end her term on August 4, 2006. She became the first female Chief District Court Judge in New Zealand in 1989, and in 1993 she was the first woman to be appointed to the High Court. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989, and Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order.

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