Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women

Carol
BEAUMONT
Women’s Affairs Spokesperson
11 August 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women

Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government.

Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving change for New Zealand women there was still more to do.

“We are committed to delivering for women because it is overwhelmingly women who are the victims of domestic and sexual violence. It is women who dip out in the income stakes and it is overwhelmingly women who feel they have to return to work earlier than they want to after becoming a parent.

“Labour will take decisive action to stop the unacceptable rates of violence against women and children. We want New Zealand to lead the world in doing that and will start by providing leadership from the Prime Minister down.

“It means adopting a collaborative, long-term Action Plan in consultation with other parties and the sector, ensuring greater resources for frontline support services, primary prevention and education, and reforming the justice system to better provide for survivors, including a review of the operation of protection orders.

“We will ensure that all women have full and equal access to opportunities to develop and progress in the workforce and in society.

“At the moment around 60 per cent of workers aged between 25 and 64 on the minimum wage are women. Labour will increase the minimum wage by $2 an hour to help address the gender pay gap.

“Our plan to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks will allow around 26,000 New Zealand families each year will have extra time with their new born babies.

“Labour stands for real equality, real opportunity and real choices for all women,” Carol Beaumont said.

Womens_policy.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mana Māori: Kawenata Unites Kaupapa Māori Parties

The Māori Party and Mana Party have signed a historic agreement today to unite Māori politically.

Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan said the kawenata or agreement was a huge step forward for Māori in the lead up to the general elections.

"Today is an important day for the Māori nation because today is when the country's only two kaupapa Māori political parties unite to work tactically together in the best interests of our people," says Mr Morgan. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news