Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue, has a busy year ahead, starting with International Women’s Day on 8 March and her attendance at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York in the week following.
The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘#BeBoldforChange’ – a theme that Dr Blue will be continuing to drive home on the day and in the various forums she attends in her role, particularly at CSW in March, where the Commission will be hosting a parallel event – a panel discussion on the status of New Zealand Women in the workforce.
“Throughout our history, women in New Zealand have fought for change, which has resulted in our society being altered for the better. However, we must continue to build upon that success,” Dr Blue says.
“The fact remains that we still don’t have pay equity in New Zealand and we all need to be bold to drive that change.
“The Women’s Marches on January 21 this year, attended by millions around the world, was an overwhelming declaration that women’s rights remain firmly on the agenda and issues like equality demand solutions.
“I firmly believe it will be the newest wave of feminists, the women of generations Y and Z, that will see pay equity realised. It is so important that we all do what we can to assist them in achieving that goal.”
The Commission is soon launching a project that sets out to create an environment where young women can talk about the challenges they are facing in the workplace, and be connected to the information and experiences of others that will help in their journey to overcome them.
“There is a real wealth of intelligent, powerful and well-respected women in New Zealand that will have plenty of experiences in the workforce to share – how they negotiated their pay the first time, how they balance being mums with demanding jobs, their journey to the boardroom table – those are the experiences young women can learn from,” Dr Blue says.
“Our upcoming project is about how we can connect those groups.”
For those who are interested in being part of filming for this upcoming project, please visit: www.the600kgap.co.nz for details, or simply come along on the day: Saturday, 4 March 2017 at 9am - 1pm, Monster Valley, 11a Poynton Terrace, Auckland.