NZ women deserve better

This week we were in touch with the Islamic Women’s Council of NZ to offer our support for their powerful and swift condemnation of intolerant and hateful speech from a cleric speaking in an Auckland mosque who also held a position within the FIANZ. NZ women deserve better than this. We have fought long and […]

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Act now. Let’s eliminate violence against women and girls in Aotearoa.

November 25th, 2016   On the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) would like to pay tribute to all the organisations in Aotearoa, New Zealand working on the frontline to prevent and support those subject to domestic and family violence. Groups like […]

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Student Posters – Is New Zealand an Equal Society?

As part of their core studio learning, Massey University School of Design second year students were tasked with producing two posters in response to the theme “Is New Zealand an Equal Society?” Some of the results are here.

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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 It’s been an extraordinary week in New Zealand in which we have been forced to confront the outdated attitudes towards gender that continue to pervade […]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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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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