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Women

All women have a right to be free from discrimination. As the Human Rights Commission, we undertake a number 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.

Current Projects

Pay Transparency

Pay Transparency

To ensure women are not being discriminated against when it comes to their salary, wages and progression the Human Rights Commission is calling on the Government to include pay transparency in legislation.

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In-Work Poverty

In-Work Poverty

Research by the Human Rights Commission and the New Zealand Work Research Institute found that more than 50,000 working households live in poverty across Aotearoa. The overall in-work poverty rate was 7 percent before considering rent or mortgage payments. Once housing costs are factored in, the in-work poverty rate increases substantially.

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Past project

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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Wahine Kakano

Every year over 500 young women gather in Auckland and Rotorua to take part in New Zealand’s premier young women’s festival, Wāhine Kākano.
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