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.

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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.

Our kaupapa: Making equality, reality.

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.

Sexism is exhausting

Rebecca Eng lives in Auckland and writes frankly about women needing allies, and how privileged women can be great allies too.

I feel regularly exhausted by sexism, misogyny and inequality. I think this is for two reasons.

The first is that it is an almost constant slew, a war of attrition on women’s validity to just exist. Whether it’s being asked if I’m going to “wear something sexy” to my performance review with a male team leader, learning that being “chicked” is the embarrassing emasculation of a man beaten by a woman in sport, or ‘everyday’ microaggressions like a man acknowledging every man in the room but not the women (I have experienced all of these).

The second is that although all women and other gender minorities experience these kinds of things, it’s often a very lonely and isolating experience. I often feel like I can’t speak up for fear of being the one to ‘make a scene’. This is why good allies are so important. Continue reading “Sexism is exhausting”