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Celebrating and encouraging women in local government

Women are consistently underrepresented in local government roles. According to the Ministry for Women only a third of local council representatives were women. Having more women in decision-making is vital if we are to ensure their voices are heard and councils are representative of their populations. As Statistics New Zealand states, “representative governments engage diverse communities, draw […]

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NCWNZ celebrates 120 years of working toward gender equality

The National Council of Women of New Zealand today celebrates 120 years of making a difference for women in New Zealand. Gender equality has progressed significantly in New Zealand since NCWNZ was established in 1896. However, we are still not quite there yet, says NCWNZ National President Rae Duff. “If our founding President Kate Sheppard […]

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Happy Founders’ Day

Today marks 120 years of the National Council of Women of New Zealand making a difference for women at all levels of society. NCWNZ has been a comprehensive and independent voice for women since its inception in 1896. The organisation and its members have played a role in many significant achievements for gender equality over […]

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Does New Zealand still need an International Women’s Day?

By Rae Duff, National Council of Women of New Zealand President Every year on March 8th, organisations and individuals around the world recognise and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. However, in a country as progressive as New Zealand, in which women were the first in the world to gain the right […]

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Gender equality key focus for NCWNZ’s new CE

Enabling women’s potential through concentrating on gender equality will be the main focus of the National Council of Women of New Zealand’s new Chief Executive, Lynn McKenzie when she starts in March at NCWNZ. Achieving gender equality is not only the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do, says NCWNZ President […]

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Attitude change to sexual violence needed, council says

The National Council of Women of New Zealand says the commentary around Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail’s assault on Tania Billingsley should be a wakeup call for New Zealanders to change their attitudes to violence. National President Rae Duff says several commentators criticised Tania, who spoke out after details of her case became public […]

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#QuoteWomen2015 recognises women’s contributions

National Council of Women of New Zealand is launching the campaign, #QuoteWomen2015, calling for top lines from women to be recognised. For the fourth year in a row women are notably absent from Massey University’s Quote of the Year competition, says NCWNZ National President Rae Duff. “We refuse to believe that only five New Zealand women […]

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Progress with women in the state sector

The National Council of Women says it’s pleasing to see more women in leadership roles in the public service. National President Rae Duff said the just released State Services Commission’s Human Resource Capability report showed the current proportion of female public service chief executives has increased to 38 per cent. If the current trend continues, […]

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Time to stamp out sexism, says NCWNZ

The National Council of Women of New Zealand is encouraging people to stamp out sexism in the release of its white paper today. The paper – Enabling women’s potential – the economic, social and ethical imperative – aims to build understanding of gender inequality and spark discussion and more action. Gender inequality is a result […]

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New Zealanders have high awareness of gender inequality, research finds

New Zealanders have high awareness that more needs to be done to get equality for women, research released by the National Council of Women of New Zealand says. The survey of 500 people found only 32 per cent of New Zealanders believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in business, while 46 per cent felt there […]

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