Sexual Discrimination

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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10-07-2014 - Dr Jackie Blue: It’s Time For The Revolution #BringBackKate

Type: Blog, News, Opinion piece, Viewpoint

Violence against women and children in our country is reaching epidemic levels, and the Women’s Refuge is using this month to urge us to act. July is Women’s Refuge Awareness Month. Women’s Refuge is raising awareness by working to ‘bring back’ Kate Sheppard. In 1893, she was the woman who was capable making the Government […]

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23-06-2014 - Human Rights Commission condemns attack on transgender woman

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has condemned a weekend attack that’s left a young transgender woman fighting for her life in Wellington Hospital. “Right now our thoughts are with Anahera and her whanau,” said Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley. “Her suffering highlights the everyday violence faced by many transgender New Zealanders. Violence remains our country’s biggest […]

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23-06-2014 - Commissioner Jackie Blue’s Panel address on “New Zealand’s international obligations and international initiatives around the elimination of violence against women and children”

Type: News, Other, Speech, Statement

Beehive Theatrette, Wellington 18 June 2014 Thank you for the opportunity to view this very powerful film “Just before losing everything” which focuses on domestic violence and the workplace. I have been asked to talk briefly about New Zealand’s international obligations and international initiatives around the elimination of violence against women and children. Firstly I […]

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