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Discrimination Against Women Captured

Discrimination Against Women Captured

The Status of Women – NGO CEDAW Report, a collaborative effort involving over 100 New Zealand women’s organisations, including groups representing migrant women, has been formally launched today by the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) National President, Beryl Anderson at a function in Parliament.

Launched alongside reports from Maori Women’s Welfare League and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Status of Women Report reveals the multiple forms of discrimination women are subjected to in New Zealand. Anecdotal evidence captured by the report provides clear proof of some of the systemic problems women face, particularly in areas such as health, education, finance and commerce.

“Unequal pay is an enduring characteristic of New Zealand society, and indeed all societies, and neither formal equality through legislation nor huge changes in education outcomes have made much difference” said Ms Anderson.

There have been significant developments affecting women and girls in New Zealand during the three year period the report was put together.

“Although refugee populations represent a sizable and increasing group who are socially and economically marginalized and disadvantaged in NZ recognition of their health needs is not included in the New Zealand Health Strategy 2001”.

“While there have been changes to human rights legislation, the legal definition of discrimination against women and girls has yet to be resolved. Sexual harassment and sex role stereotyping remain prolific in our society” said Ms Anderson.

Anne Todd-Lambie and Judith Byrne will take the Report to New York next year to present to the United Nations CEDAW Monitoring Committee. The report will be reviewed by the UN Committee to determine whether it is substantively different from the New Zealand Government’s report and a series of questions will be presented for the Government’s response.

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