When our society gets it right for the most vulnerable, we get it right for everyone.
Instead of factoring women in as an afterthought, we want an approach that weaves gender into everything a country does at every level, from representation in its own ranks at home and embassies around the world to the allocation of budget spend.
It’s time for the government to go faster on improving the lives of 52% of Aotearoa’s population.
Check out the Gender Justice Collective in the news:
- Newsroom [Column by GJC Member, Jess Berentson-Shaw]: We need to talk about men (15 October 2020)
- Ensemble Magazine [Column by GJC Founder, Angela Meyer]: Where do our political parties stand on gender issues and equality? (14 October 2020)
- NZ Herald: Election 2020: Gender Justice Collective scores parties on equity, Greens top results (12 October 2020)
- Stuff [Column by GJC Member, Ziena Jalil] : A long way to go before gender is truly on the agenda (5 October 2020)
- Newsroom [Column by GJC Member, Jess Berentson-Shaw]: Making policy that really works for women (6 August 2020)
- Stuff: Survey: How can we make Aotearoa the best place in the world to be a woman? (30 July 2020)
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We're not the only ones talking about these issues - for more information, check out:
- Newsroom: Election 2020: Women bear the brunt of lockdown (12 October 2020)
- The Spinoff: Women make up just 15% of Covid advisory groups worldwide (2 October 2020)
- The Spinoff: The election’s message to women losing their jobs to Covid-19: pick up a hammer (1 October 2020)
- The Conversation: Each budget used to have a gender impact statement. We need it back, especially now (30 September 2020)
- The Guardian: New Zealand is in a 'shecession' – so where is the much-needed 'she-covery'? (25 September 2020)
- Stuff: She spent $50,000 trying to get safe. In the end, she gave up (24 September 2020)
- New York Times: Why Are Men Still Explaining Things to Women? (9 September 2020)
- Newshub: Coronavirus: Calls for Govt to help women back into work post-COVID with gender equality plans, reference group (30 August 2020)
- RNZ: Covid-19: Where are the jobs for women? (27 August 2020)
- The Spinoff: 11,000 New Zealanders have lost their jobs – and 10,000 of them were women (5 August 2020)
- The Guardian: The coronavirus backlash: how the pandemic is destroying women's rights (23 June 2020)
- The Spinoff: What you see when it’s your job to open a woman MP’s Facebook messages (14 January 2019)
- 87% of New Zealand women feel unsafe (Double Denim, Gender Intelligence Report, 2017)
- 74% feel anxious (Double Denim, Gender Intelligence Report, 2017)
- Only 25% of women feel loved (Double Denim, Gender Intelligence Report, 2017)
Women made up only 22% of board positions in 2017 and there were no women listed as CEOs in any of our 20 largestlisted companies. In our top 100 companies, there were only 3 female CEOs (McGregor & Davis-Tana, 2017)
Women’s average hourly wages are 13% less than men’s. This gap is even larger for Māori women (23.1%), Pasifikawomen (27.9%) and Asian women (15.75%). (CEVEP, 2017)
- 71% of disabled employed disabled women have incomes of $30,000 or less, compared to 55% of disabled men. (ODI, 2016.)
- New Zealand has one of the highest rates of sexual and domestic violence in the developed world, with police responding to a family violence incident every four minutes. Family violence is estimated to cost the country between NZ$4.1bn and $7bn a year.
- Māori women make up 63 per cent of the female prison population.
- 32% of trans and non-binary people have experienced sexual violence since the age of 13; rates two to three times higher than women in the general population and seven to 12 times higher than men in the general population. (Counting Ourselves, 2019)
- Intersex people comprise 2.27% of the population or 110,000 people in NZ (of 5 million) yet for many, they exist but not - invisible - with many holding physical and psychological scars of past unnecessary medical treatment.
Systemic sexism and gender-based violence are sidelining womxn, wāhine and those who walk between the binary worlds concerns, aspirations, opportunities and potential.
The UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres has stated that achieving gender equity and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.
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