Gender equality matters for all of us
We are fighting for gender equality because we want all New Zealanders to have the freedom and opportunity to determine their own future.
Discrimination can be more subtle than it once was. We see it in our everyday interactions, with subtle gender inequality being revealed in attitudes and assumptions. For some, gender inequality is more obvious. For all of us, the job is not done.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, do you think equality is our reality? We tell ourselves they are the same thing – in fact, we pride ourselves on it.
But there’s a gap – between what we think happens and what actually happens. Where we once led in gender equality, New Zealand has now slipped to be ranked at 9th in the world.
Did you know New Zealand has the worst reported rates of sexual and domestic violence in the whole OECD? Or that just one third of our MPs are women?
When we look at the facts, there remain significant, and sometimes shocking, gaps between equality and reality.
Our children are a blank canvas. If we don’t change this now, our daughters will soon learn that they are not worth as much as our sons. And our sons will soon learn that they should not cry.
Join us – let’s make gender equality, reality, so every child can be whoever they want to be.