EEO

17-12-2014 - Dr Jackie Blue: Business and Human Rights

Type: Blog

I recently attended the third conference on Business and Human Rights in Geneva which is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (adopted in 2011 by the Human Rights Committee). The guiding principles (also known as the Ruggie principles) are a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of […]

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12-12-2014 - Sexual Harassment Guide

Type: Other

What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is unwelcome or offensive sexual behaviour that is repeated or significant enough to have a harmful effect on you. The Human Rights Act makes this unlawful when it occurs in: employment education or any other areas covered by the Human Rights Act. Examples of sexual harassment You may have […]

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05-12-2014 - Public Sector Equal Employment Opportunity: We have a lot of work to do

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission says we have a lot of work to do following the release of the latest report into the human resource capability of New Zealand’s public service. “It’s disappointing to see little progress in equality of opportunity in our public service,” said EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. “New Zealand’s changing face needs […]

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20-11-2014 - EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is concerned over the handling of the Sutton complaint

Type: Media Release, News

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. “My main concern is the woman at the centre of these allegations and anyone else in the public sector who […]

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07-11-2014 - Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue: Challenges and achievements since Beijing 1995 – New Zealand Women’s Watch

Type: Speech

Speech: EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue In 1995 New Zealand took part in the Fourth World Conference in Beijing and signed the Beijing Platform of Action achieve  to achieve gender equality  and the empowerment of women. At the Conference Hillary Clinton coined the phrase “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights”. […]

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04-11-2014 - EEO Commissioner Dr. Jackie Blue: Caring Counts and Beyond

Type: Speech

SFWU Central Region Women’s Conference Wednesday, 5th November, 2014 Freemasons Hall, Petone, Wellington The number of people aged 65 and over has doubled since 1980 and passed over 600,000 in the latest Census. This number is likely to double again by 2036. Our older people are also living for longer. For many older people, these […]

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31-10-2014 - EEO Commissioner Jackie Blue: ERA amendments a mixed bag

Type: Media Release

The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is a very welcome addition. “Unfortunately this Act is a step backward from New Zealand’s compliance with international […]

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03-10-2014 - Banks lead the way on gender equality in the workplace

Type: Media Release, News

For the second year running, banks have scooped the majority of the awards at the second White Camellia Awards*, held in Auckland last night. The awards recognise organisations that have made the most progress in implementing the seven principles of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). “The 2014 supreme winner is the Bank of New Zealand. […]

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12-09-2014 - Fair travel for support workers removes an existing injustice

Type: Media Release

Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it has corrected a wrong for community support workers by agreeing to pay for travel time and for petrol costs when travelling between clients. Dr Blue says the Human Rights Commission inquiry, ‘Caring Counts’, was instrumental in encouraging the Government to realise that […]

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19-08-2014 - The Right To Work: Young New Zealanders in South Auckland

Type: Media Release, News, Opinion piece

Young people will be increasingly relied upon as wage earners, decision makers and leaders and maximising the employment potential of young New Zealanders will play a crucial role in our country’s future. Worryingly, for many young people in Aotearoa New Zealand their right to work is greatly hindered. “Our unemployment rate is currently tracking at 6% […]

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