TODAY the Border Telegraph joins forces with Amnesty International to celebrate women in our community who defend human rights as we mark the 100th anniversary of  women in Britain being given the vote.

The 1918 Representation of the People Act gave women over the age of 30 who had property of some value the right to vote. It was a start.

Here Amnesty Ambassador and actress Juliet Stevenson explains why recognising the spirit of suffragette in women today remains as important as ever. . .  

ONE hundred years ago today, British women were given a voice. 

For the first time, many mothers, daughters and sisters could have a say in how their country was run. 

Back then, suffragettes up and down the country would stop at almost nothing to get their voices heard in parliament.

The struggle to win the vote was long and arduous, but in 1918 these brave women won. 

Since then, women around the world have channelled the suffragette spirit to campaign for progress. They have stood up to racism, sexism, homophobia, corruption and much more.  

Last century’s suffragettes are today’s women human rights defenders. 

Every day they harness their passionate voices to empower communities and create a fairer world.

Amnesty International campaigns to help protect women human rights defenders around the world. 

These brave campaigners often face surveillance, intimidation, threats, imprisonment and some even risk their lives.

But you don’t need to travel thousands of miles to meet women fighting for justice and equality. 

In fact, there’s probably a woman human rights defender living at your doorstep.

This is why Amnesty and the Border Telegraph want readers to nominate the incredible women who are making a real difference in their local area. 

Ordinary women from all walks of life – from students to shopkeepers, office workers to OAPs – are doing extraordinary things.

They might have stood up to bullies, helped the homeless, aided refugees, worked to protect the environment or campaigned for better access to healthcare. The list goes on.  

Every time these women have spoken up, they’ve helped make life better for others - to ensure that you and I, as well future generations, enjoy a fairer, more equal world.

The amazing achievements of these often-unsung heroes deserve to be celebrated, and Amnesty wants to put them on its Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain. 

The interactive map, which will launch on International Women’s Day on March 8, will be a symbol of the suffragette legacy – proudly displaying how far we have come over the past century, but highlighting how much life-changing work is still being carried out today. 

So, over to you: Which 21st century suffragette deserves to be put firmly on the map? 

To nominate an amazing woman from the Borders, please visit

All women must have carried out work to help others in the area within the last 10 years.

All successful nominees will be contacted to give consent prior to being placed on the Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain.

This campaign has been funded by People’s Postcode Lottery.