The Human Rights Commission has expressed sadness at the passing of well-known human rights advocate and campaigner, Joan Macdonald.
Commissioners Dame Susan Devoy and Dr Jackie Blue, who both met and worked with Joan have shared their thoughts on her and her huge contribution to justice, peace and human rights in New Zealand.
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says, “Joan was a magnificent woman. A passionate advocate for human rights, she was involved in numerous organisations and causes. Overwhelmingly, it was her manner that impressed me the most. A brave strong woman, she was not afraid to challenge thoughts, ideas and people, but was always peaceful and gracious in way she did it.”
Equal Employment opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says “Joan was a quiet, self-effacing, humble and tireless activist for social justice issues. Her contribution was huge and she will be missed terribly by all who knew her.”