Sexual Discrimination

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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11-11-2014 - Violence costs women, children and the New Zealand economy

Type: Media Release

The Glenn Inquiry economic impact study, ‘Measuring the Economic Costs of Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence in New Zealand’ released today, shows that the cost of family violence cannot be ignored says Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. “While the report conservatively estimates the economic cost to be upwards of $7 billion annually, the actual […]

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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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09-10-2014 - Taking a stand epitomises the Kiwi fighting spirit – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says a Canterbury University professor who has spoken publicly against racist and sexist student behaviour epitomises the Kiwi fighting spirit. “It’s not easy to be the one who stands up and speaks out but Professor Veer is giving us all a very important lesson: even young people hold obsolete, […]

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22-09-2014 - Emma Watson Gives A Powerful Speech at U.N. About Gender Inequality

Type: News, Speech

“Emma Watson’s speech launching the UN campaign HeforShe is bold, brave and spot on. Emma’s call to men and boys to support the campaign for equality for  women and girls all over the world  is a good call, and I encourage New Zealand males to log on to the UN site and support the campaign. Congratulations […]

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10-09-2014 - #RainbowLaces campaign against homophobia in football kicking off this weekend

Type: News, Partner News, Video

For the second year running LGBT charity Stonewall has launched ‘#RainbowLaces’, a campaign to raise awareness of homophobia in sport. They’ve sent rainbow coloured laces to every professional footballer in England, Scotland and Wales. Football players will be wearing the laces this weekend (13-14 September 2014) to show their support for all players and fans – […]

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27-08-2014 - Human Rights Commission condemns violent hate attack on gay Wellingtonians

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people in it were gay. “New Zealand’s excellent human rights record means little if some New […]

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22-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission welcomes The Way Forward report

Type: Media Release

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue has welcomed The Way Forward report on an integrated system for Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect. “The Way Forward report is truly a way forward. We’re not starting from scratch, all the jigsaw pieces are there we just need to connect them,” said Dr Blue. “As a country […]

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18-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission urges Kiwis to keep misogynist messages off NZ roads

Type: Media Release

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue hopes Kiwis will ensure an international rental van company keeps its offensive messages off New Zealand roads. Wicked Campers Australia was recently forced to remove misogynist, offensive slogans off its vehicles after thousands of complaints. “It says a lot about the world we live in when a company can adorn […]

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17-07-2014 - Homophobia – the opponent only gay athletes face

Type: Media Release

Homophobia and discrimination has no place in sports says Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley. He was responding to recent news reports highlighting the prejudice encountered by gay sportsmen and women. Australia’s recent, Out on the Fields survey revealed discrimination, abuse, and exclusion faced by gay athletes. “Gay athletes have to face other powerful opponents: homophobia […]

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