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NCWNZ congratulates Renee Graham on her appointment as Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women

“The National Council of Women is pleased to congratulate Renee Graham on her appointment to this important role” says NCWNZ National President Rae Duff. “It’s very exciting to see new leadership for this organisation, I’m sure New Zealand women will benefit from Ms Graham’s new ideas and fresh thinking. Both the National Council of Women […]

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Founders’ Day 13 April: 121 years of working for gender equality – why aren’t we there yet?

Today marks Founders’ Day for the National Council of Women – 121 years today since Kate Sheppard founded the gender equality organisation. Did Kate Sheppard realise, when she founded the National Council of Women  in 1896 – when New Zealand was so far ahead of the rest of the world in giving women the vote […]

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17% more money for fathers – it pays to be a Dad.

Re: Ministry for Women and Statistics New Zealand ‘Effect of motherhood on pay’ report  http://www.stats.govt.nz/tools_and_services/media-centre/media-releases-2017/mhood-pay-gap-2017.aspx    Motherhood penalty unacceptable  Is this a motherhood penalty or a fatherhood bonus? 17% more money for fathers – it pays to be a Dad. The fact that women are being penalised for being mothers is a huge concern to […]

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Enough is enough New Zealand, it’s time to promote positive gender culture

What do an influential advertising executive, an elite rugby team and a leading defense lawyer all have in common?  Sadly, they all share an archaic and disturbing attitude towards gender. It’s been an extraordinary week in New Zealand in which we have been forced to confront the outdated attitudes towards gender that continue to pervade […]

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National Council of Women welcomes announcement on pay equity

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) welcomes the recommendations of the Working Group on Pay Equity Principles (the Working Group) announced today. Rae Duff, NCWNZ National President, said that: “This is a historic step forward in achieving pay equity for women. The recommended principles, if implemented and resourced properly, will enable jobs […]

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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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#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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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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