A conference in Cork to commemorate the centenary of a partial extension to women of the right to vote has been told that, while huge progress has been made, full equality between men and women is an unfinished project.

Sabina Higgins told the conference at University College Cork that the women's movement may have to focus its energies on the survival of the planet.

A parade around the iconic Quad at University College Cork, to celebrate 100 years since women, over the age of 30 and with property, were first permitted by law to vote.

The parade was led by Sabina Higgins and celebrated many of the women who campaigned and fought for women's suffrage.

The conference was told that huge progress has been made in achieving equality between men and women, but the work must go on.

Fifteen-year old Liadh Hurley from St Mary's Secondary School in Macroom, County Cork, has completed a project on the life and work of Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington. She presented her project to Sabina Higgins, wife of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and echoed those priorities.

Mrs Higgins told the conference the challenges facing the planet are immense; it's future is under threat.

Today's conference was organised as part of the decade of centenaries, with the next event coming in January to mark the formation of the first Dáil.