Despite being a pioneer, New Zealand falls short on women’s rights

Despite being a pioneer, New Zealand falls short on women’s rights

Watch the Video commemorating 125 years of Suffrage
Wellington, September 19, 2018
The Human Rights Commission in New Zealand has premiered its Suffrage 125 Video titled, ‘Still Striving for Equality,’ featuring a former Prime Minister, a former Governor General, and a Supreme Court Judge.
‘Still Striving for Equality’ reflects on the gains that women have made in New Zealand since they won the right to vote in 1893.
It also focuses on the serious human rights issues still facing women today – our unprecedented family violence statistics, the gender pay gap and a lack of women in business leadership.
Constant struggle
The video features 14 women who have all reached the top of their fields.
While each applaud the 19th Century women who worked tirelessly to build support for suffrage, each interviewee also deplores the constant struggle to this day for true equality.

As Dame Sylvia Cartwright, former Governor General and High Court Judge says in the video: “I cannot believe we are still talking about discrimination against women.”
The four-minute video – available on You Tube and the Human Rights Commission website – makes the point that the suffragists of 1893 would be “horrified,” to quote Justice Dame Susan Glazebrook, by the human rights issues faced by women and their families that still exist in New Zealand.
Women at the top
Still Striving for Equality features the following respected, talented and irrepressible women:
Hillary Barry (Broadcast Journalist); Alison Mau (Journalist and Broadcaster); Sina Wendt Moore (CEO, Leadership NZ and Co-President YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand); Mai Chen (Managing Partner, Chen Palmer Partners, Adjunct Professor University of Auckland, Chair NZ Asian Leaders & Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy & Business and Director BNZ);
Dame Silvia Cartwright (Former Governor-General of New Zealand, first female Chief District Court Judge and High Court Judge); Vanisa Dhiru (National President, National Council of Women New Zealand); Justice Dame Susan Glazebrook (Judge of the Supreme Court); Theresa Gattung (Leading New Zealand Businesswoman, Author and Philanthropist); Michele A’Court (Comedian, Writer and Social Commentator); Leonie Hayden (Ātea Editor, The Spinoff and Presenter The Spinoff TV); Lizzie Marvelly (Musician, Writer and Activist);
Helen Clark (First woman elected New Zealand Prime Minister and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme); Dr Jackie Blue (Equal Employment Opportunities and Women’s Rights Commissioner, Former MP and GP); Paula Tesoriero (Disability Rights and Acting Chief Commissioner, Paralympic Gold Medallist).
www.hrc.co.nz
www.facebook.com/NZHumanRightsCommission

Three Women Prime Ministers of New Zealand: Jenny Shipley (left) (1997-1999); Helen Clark (right) (1999 to 2008) and Jacinda Ardern (from 2017). Picture from HRC Facebook

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