While Kiwi women are among the world’s most educated, the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap Index shows that there is a growing gap between economic opportunities for men and women in New Zealand.
The report has revealed that we have dropped in the global rankings from seventh last year to 13th this year.
“Until now New Zealand has been ranked up there with the Nordic countries in global comparisons of gender equality but we have started to slip,” said EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue.
“We are not improving while other countries seem to be whizzing past us up the ranks. We must get more serious about getting equality for women in New Zealand.”
Commissioner Blue suggests that we could close the pay gender gap more quickly by focussing on women who are leaving school without a qualification.
“These women often end up being trapped in low-income work or unemployment. Focus needs to be in assisting these women to upgrade their skills or encouragement to re-enter the workforce,”
“It is timely too, to get serious about equal pay for equal value. Paying low paid women workers such as care workers what they are worth would be a great start.”