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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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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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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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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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