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Speaking Out Proud

As part of the ILGA Proud - Human Rights & Health conference held in Wellington on 10 March, 2016, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission held a moderated 'open hearing' where prepared questions were delivered to politicians. The session was chaired by Richard Tankersley from the Human Rights Commission.

Submitters: Bella Simpson, Eliana Rubashkyn, Elizabeth Kerekere, Jack Byrne, Joey Macdonald, Sally Dellow and Sandra Dickson.

Panel members: David Seymour (MP for Epsom, leader of ACT New Zealand), Dennis O'Rourke (List MP, New Zealand First), Jackie Blue (Human Rights Commission), Kevin Hague (List MP, Green Party) and Louisa Wall (MP for Manurewa, Labour Party).

Listen to Speaking Out Proud (1:23:53): HTML5 player | Flash player | Mp3 | HQ mp3

Prioritising Vulnerable Customers

Following the Canterbury earthquakes some insurers proactively developed vulnerability criteria. Five years after the September 2010 earthquake, the Human Rights Commission surveyed New Zealand insurers (state and private) in order to understand how the industry was responding to the insurance claims of vulnerable customers.

The responses provided by insurers revealed some variation in terms of how they determined vulnerability, as well as the policies and practices which they had in place to support customers identified as vulnerable. As a result of the Commission’s survey findings it raised with the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) the possibility of drafting a set of vulnerability guidelines which could be standardised across the sector and incorporated into operational practice. 

Best practise guidelines on the prioritisation of vulnerable customers

The UN Speaks Out: Tackling Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHR) has produced a video and pamphlet on tackling violence and discrimination against LGBIT people.

In the video, the High Commissioner talks about recent violent attacks against LGBTI people, stressing that such incidents are not isolated but part of a global problem. “Ultimately, homophobia and transphobia are no different to sexism, misogyny, racism or xenophobia”, she notes “but whereas these last forms of prejudice are universally condemned by Governments, homophobia and transphobia are too often overlooked.” She calls on States to take steps to ensure equal rights for everyone, “whoever they are, whoever they love”.

The pamphlet presents extracts from strong statements made by the UN Secretary-General, the High Commissioner and other senior UN officials, as well as by the UN treaty bodies, special rapporteurs and other UN agencies.

The highlight of the Human Rights Council’s recent meeting (22 March, 2011) was a joint statement delivered by Colombia on behalf of 85 States on ending acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

APF Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex manual for NHRIs

The APF-UNDP manual explores how NHRIs can work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities and better advocate for their rights. Read it here

LGBTQI+ Aotearoa Then & Now Documentary

A powerful documentary film about a small group of LGBT youths from Gisborne New Zealand who go back in time, 30 years ago in fact, when the Homosexual Law Reform Bill was being pushed through. What they uncover is nothing short of amazing, heart wrenching and inspirational. Hear their stories too as they share what it's like to be LGBTI+ in Aotearoa New Zealand today.

The mental and physical impacts of bullying

This resource looks at the mental and physical impacts of bullying at school and in the workplace. Read it here

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