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We will keep working in Parliament for equity for women

Green Party: 125 years since NZ women won the right to vote, we will keep working in Parliament for equity for women

On the 125 year anniversary since New Zealand women won the right to vote, the Green Party are celebrating wins in Government for women, and commit to keep working in the space to achieve full equity.

“Of course New Zealand was at the forefront of getting our wāhine the vote, 125 years on and women are still doing incredible work to ensure equity in work, safety and happiness in our homes, and fairness in our parliament” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“Our Green Party caucus is made up of 75% strong women, and that didn’t just happen overnight. To get women into politics takes a concerted effort, bravery in putting your hand up and also reaching out to good women and encouraging them to get involved.

“Extending paid parental leave up to 26 weeks for babies was one of the first actions of the new government. Our Green Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter and Acting Minister for Women, Eugenie Sage have been working hard on ensuring that New Zealand has effective pay equity legislation for women without unnecessary hurdles.

“Meanwhile, our Green Undersecretary for Sexual and Domestic Violence Issues, Jan Logie has achieved a law change to ensure that if women have experienced domestic violence, they can take up to ten days leave.

“Things are happening for women, by women, every day in this Government. We must stay vigilant in ensuring strong and competent women continue to work for the opportunity of others. We must make sure that now, and in another 125 years, women are more supported than ever”.

Ngā mihi nui,

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