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Women

New Zealand has made a great deal of progress on women rights but there is still work that is needed.We undertake anumber of projects to reduce discrimination based on sex.

This includes work on equal pay, gender-based violence, sexual harassment, breastfeeding and more. Women's right are set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and more explicitly referred to in the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action.

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Caring Counts Inquiry

The Commission’s report of the inquiry into the equal employment opportunity issues in the aged care workforce has been published. The inquiry team considered workforce issues raised by both employees and employers in the aged care sector when developing the report’s final recommendations.
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Family Violence Policy

Employers and workplaces can play a vital role in assisting victims of violence.
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Suffrage 125 Anniversary

The 19th September 2018 marks 125 years since the law changed in Aotearoa New Zealand so that all people, including women could vote. The law change came about after a determined campaign over a number of years by a group of women led by Kate Shepherd. They presented a series of massive petitions to Parliament in 1891,1892 and 1893. In 1893 the petition presented to Parliament by the Suffragists had nearly 32,000 signatures. Soon after the all-male Parliament voted to change the law, so women could vote.
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