Old ideas about gender roles are limiting all of us. They don’t allow us to express all of who we are, and the unequal value attached to femininity and masculinity leads to unequal division of power, resources and therefore opportunities.
If we could break down these rigid expectations around gender, we’d create more room for everyone. Getting rid of the norms that cause gendered violence, pay inequality, the devaluing of caregiving work and parenting, and inequalities in leadership roles – just to name a few outcomes – would change our world for the better.
Join the National Council of Women and help us to make equality, reality.
NCWNZ is New Zealand's leading gender equality organisation.
NCWNZ is an umbrella organisation working towards true gender equality in Aotearoa New Zealand. Established in 1896, we have 14 branches and more than 200 organisations, as well as individuals, as members. Over the past 124 years we have led and supported many initiatives that have benefited all New Zealanders and their communities.
Since 2017 we have been actively raising national consciousness about gender equality in twenty-first century Aotearoa New Zealand. The campaign is supported by a wide-range of people and organisations. Find out more on our Gender Equal NZ website.
We partnered with Research NZ to undertake a comprehensive survey of gender attitudes in New Zealand, in 2017 and 2019.
Read the report on our Gender Equal NZ website.
The Gender Dashboard collects, collates and analyses data to build a shared understanding of the status of all women in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work with expert partners to illustrate key areas of inequality from an intersectional perspective. See our latest work.
Submissions & Policy
NCWNZ operates a number of committees that work to shape the organisation's policy position on gender issues across a range of sectors. We actively seek to influence government, and provide input to the development of our laws, to make gender equality, reality. Read our latest submissions.