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. 

 

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Research shows 

  • 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 largest
    listed 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%), Pasifika
    women (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. 

 

Are you ready to help move the dial on gender equity?