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Council supports midwives’ test case around gender pay equality

The National Council of Women of New Zealand supports the College of Midwives taking action over what the college sees as structural sexism which impacts on midwives’ pay and conditions and the level of support women giving birth receive. Council National President Rae Duff said while over time women had made progress towards gender equality, […]

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Blog: Instead of telling women how to speak, listen to what they are saying

Note to women: don’t swear, don’t say “like”, uptalk is out of the question and never, ever use vocal fry if you want to be considered “appealing”. On second thought, maybe just don’t speak at all? From the use of “like” and uptalk to the new phenomenon of vocal fry, women have long been ridiculed […]

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Suzanne Snively: The Audacity of Caring

Productivity Gains from Workplace Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence Speech by Suzanne Snively at the National Council of Women Wellington, Zonta Club of Wellington and Graduate Women Wellington Annual Debate held on 21 July. Suzanne co-authored the Productivity Gains from Workplace Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence report. Domestic Violence Impacts Workplaces She looked at the clock […]

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Report shows New Zealand’s gender inequality in the workplace

Results from the Human Rights Commission’s Tracking Equality at Work report released today are shameful and show we need to do more to help women in the workplace, says the National Council of Women of New Zealand National President Rae Duff. The report shows women have higher unemployment and underemployment than men; are underrepresented in […]

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Open letter to John Key

Dear John. We are disappointed to learn of your unwanted touching of a cafe worker. We appreciate your apology to her and we understand that your actions were well-intentioned and not meant to offend or do the worker any harm. You no doubt know that it’s never okay to touch someone without their permission. You […]

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Roastbuster issue wider than individual Police officer practice

The Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report on police handling into the “Roastbusters” highlights continued systemic and cultural failings within the New Zealand Police. The report details the numerous deficiencies in Police handling of the cases. It focuses on the individual officers involved stating that the problems were a result of poor individual practice and cannot […]

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Employers can play valuable role in domestic violence response

This International Women’s Day, the National Council of Women of New Zealand is encouraging employers to take more action to progress gender equality and take a stand against domestic violence. NCWNZ President Rae Duff says most employers are aware of the gender pay gap and underrepresentation of women at senior levels within the workplace but […]

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Charity wins in the High Court

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is delighted that the High Court has found in its favour in its case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board. National President Rae Duff said the just released decision brought closure to the council’s protracted fight for justice since it was deregistered as a […]

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It’s not that radical to be feminist

Opinion editorial by Sue McCabe printed in the Sunday Star Times, December 7, 2014. The f-word – feminism. The debate about what feminism is and whether it’s needed continually rages. It got new oxygen after last week’s Sunday Star Times article reporting that Minister for Women Louise Upston said she doesn’t call herself a feminist. […]

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Chief executive remuneration figures show gender inequality at the top

The public service chief executive remuneration figures released today are another reminder of the need for action around gender equality, says the National Council of Women of New Zealand. National President Rae Duff said of the 29 public service leaders listed on the State Services Commission’s Chief Executives webpage (, nine were female. “The remuneration […]

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