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A WAY THROUGH THE THICKET

In order to effectively respond to social ills, we need to understand their key contributing factors. The key drivers of family violence include gender inequity and ongoing colonisation. Recognition by the Government  that gender inequity and ongoing colonisation are causal factors for family violence – and that family violence involves long-term patterns of control – will increase the safety of women and children. It is vital that the Government’s National Strategy to Eradicate Sexual and Family Violence reflects this analysis if it is to be effective.

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WHAT IS A FEMINIST GREEN NEW DEAL?

As USA Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would tell you: it’s the deal to save the world! Climate change is a feminist issue. It’s harder to batten down the hatches or save yourself if you’re also caring for your family. Find out how women are offering a way for us all to avoid unprecedented disaster.

 

A FEMINIST BUDGET

New Zealand spends $4.6 billion on the military every year. If civilian agencies were given responsibilities such as search & rescue, what could we do with the money that was left over, with feminist goals in mind? Following the lead of the Aotearoa section of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Te Wāhi o Wāhine staff enjoyed coming up with their own amazing ideas

 

GENDER GAP FACTS

Did you know that half of all mothers in NZ will have experienced sole parenthood at some point by age 50? This is one of 28 facts in our updated hot-off-the-press at-a-glance, quick-reference guide to “Gender Gap Facts”. It offers a handful of illustrative facts (from the most recent research and statistics available) about gender discrimination on the themes of: violence against women; representation; health; gender identity & sexual orientation; labour & pay; family & poverty; and incarceration. Specific gaps for wāhine Māori, women of other ethnicities and women with disabilities are also highlighted. 


ARE POLICY-MAKERS PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO WOMEN'S NEEDS?

Officials have badly messed up Aotearoa’s modern-slavery action plan, by focussing almost solely on the forced labour of men and by ignoring forced prostitution of women (in one year alone, 130 women disclosed to Women’s Refuge they had been forced to sell sex against their will by a partner). 

This is only the latest in a long line of recent decisions made by government agencies that discriminate against women. The Ministry of Women have developed a policy tool to avoid such foolishness - but will bureaucrats use it?


RESHAPING GENDER EXPECTATIONS: SLOW WORK - BUT EXCITING

Recently, New Zealand’s prevailing notions of gender were memorably and amusingly skewered by Michelle Duff at Stuff. In response, AWC furthers this discussion about how and why the patriarchy restricts both women and men, and some of the ways we can all help free society from negative gender stereotypes and behavioural straitjackets.


MEET OUR NEW WOMEN'S SERVICES COORDINATOR, KAITLIN HENDERSON

Sadly our amazing Ellie Lim has resigned, however we are excited to introduce you to the fabulous Kaitlin Henderson, our new Women's Services Coordinator. 


WHAT ARE THE POLITICAL PARTIES SAYING?

Auckland Women’s Centre is proud to be part of the new, awareness-raising Gender Justice Collective, along with researchers, practitioners and other organisations. This is our paraphrase of an article by The Workshop’s Jess Berentson-Shaw.



ADD 'SURE TO RISE' TO 'SHOVEL READY' FOR THE BEST COVID RECOVERY FOR WOMEN AND THE PLANET

Disappointingly, “shovel ready” projects fast-tracked by government to provide employment are drawn mostly from sexist and male-dominated industries – and we know employers are often actively hostile to employing women, and/or have family-unfriendly conditions (which are not good for men either). So women are faced with a COVID double whammy: more likely to be fired, less likely to be hired.

 

PROCUREMENT POLICY TO SUPPORT GENDER EQUITY?

Recently the Government announced that when procuring their annual $42 billion worth of goods and services agencies would now have to “consider how they can create quality jobs, particularly for displaced workers and traditionally disadvantaged groups such as Māori, Pasifika, people with disabilities and women.”

 

LAWYERS AND POLITICIANS ATTACK PROPOSED PROTECTION FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

A bill that aims to make the court process fairer and less traumatic for victims of sexual violence is currently the target of heavy lobbying by defence lawyers, who wish to see its protections watered down. This has put New Zealand First and National party support of the bill into jeopardy..


KOOREO WITH LAURA O'CONNELL RAPIRA

How do we ensure the best future for our earth mother Papatūānuku, for wāhine Māori and for all of us? Action Station Director Laura O’Connell Rapira explains, in this valuable, relevant and practical online Auckland Women’s Centre kōrero with Stacey Morrison.


COVID SPENDING THAT PROMOTES GENDER EQUITY

The Government is spending to prevent a severe recession. This spending should promte gender equity as well as preventn hardship and stimulate the economy.


WHAT KIND OF FUTURE DO WE WANT AFTER COVID-19?

Spending for a better future for women especially wāhine Māori and others who carry a greater burden


DR HINEMOA ELDER - SCIENCE ALONE WON'T SAVE US

An evening of sharing stories, Indigenous wisdom, and the joy of being together as women. “Incredible women celebrate incredible women!” as chair Stacey Morrison (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa) put it.


KEEPING SUMMER FESTIVALS SAFE

Our youth coordinator Gabriella Brayne reports on her Consent Club leadership work 


KŌRERO WITH TRACEY MCINTOSH

Matching hope and humour with clear-eyed analysis of New Zealand society, Tracey McIntosh (Tūhoe) was a warm inspiration at AWC’s last event for 2019.


 

TAKING MISOGYNY OUT OF MAINSTREAM PORN

At AWC’s “The Problem with Porn” Forum in early October, the four panellists were uncompromising when they explained why they agreed with the forum kaupapa.


THE EQUAL PAY AMENDMENT BILL NEEDS AMENDING!

The Pay Equity Campain Auckland believes the Bill as is will not help to narrow the gender pay gap.


MAORI WAHINE USED AS ECONOMIC 'SHOCK ABSORBERS' FOR TOO LONG - REPORT

Authors say New Zealand needs to stop rewarding the rich and punishing the poor.

 

MUSLIM WOMEN SPEAK OUT ABOUT FEMINISM, RACISM AND SPIRITUALITY

AWC forum hears that refugees feared leaving their homes after the Christchurch attacks.


LAW COMMISSION ADVICE: TO REDUCE COURT STRESS FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL AND FAMILY VIOLENCE

AWC welcomes the report, although much more action is required.


NATIONAL STRATEGY REQUIRED FOR CONTRACEPTION

We need strategic leadership from the Government on contraception


NZ GENDER GAP FACTS - MARCH 2019

What facts do we have about the differences in women's and men's lives in Aotearoa/NZ

 

REPORT - ABORTION: A REPRODUCTIVE RIGHT


EQUAL PAY AMENDMENT BILL - NEEDS IMPROVEMENTS



ABORTION LAW REFORM: DEMAND THE BEST OPTION FOR WOMEN


REPORT - CLEMENTINE FORD FORUM


REPORT - MANA WAHINE FORUM


HIGH SCHOOL FEMINISM PROJECT NEWS JULY 2018


REPORT - WOMEN AND DISABILITY FORUM

How do we achieve justice for women with a disabilty?

 

REPORT: WOMEN'S CHOICE ELECTION FORUM

Which Party will help women? Read our review of this forum.


FORUM: WOMEN POVERTY AND PREJUDICE

Read this review of our packed, uplifting and informative forum.


 

THEATRE REVIEW: IF THERE IS NOT DANCING AT THE REVOLUTION I'M NOT COMING

Our review of Julia Croft's recent fabulous, feminist play.



 

GOVERNMENT CUTS OUR POSITIVE PARENTING SINGLE MUMS' PROJECT

GENDER ANALYSIS ESSENTIAL TO ELIMINATING VIOLENCE

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill explicity deletes gender from the discussion.


FIRST PAY EQUITY DEAL WELCOMED

At last the Government made a realistic offer to settle caregiver Kristine Barletts historic pay equity claim.


GOVERNMENT FAILS WOMEN AFTER NINE YEARS

The National-led Government will have been in power for nine years by the time this year’s election is held on 23 September. But women are worse off now than we were in 2008. Why?


FEMINIST PARENTING FORUM

Our powerful and heart warming speakers shared how they each parent against the patriarchy. 

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VULNERABLE CHILDREN - HOW COULD THE GOVERNMENT HELP?

This is a submission to the Government's Green Paper on vulnerable children from the Coalition for the Safety of women and Children.


SUPERSEXUALISE ME!

An article on the nature of contemporary sexualisation in advertising by Ros Gill, Gender Institute, London School of Economics.


FEMALE OFFENDERS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A report analysing all female offenders arrested for domestic violence in Auckland City Police district over a six month period (April to September 2008) identifies key differences between male and female offenders.


THE CHILD SUPPORT AMENDMENT BILL

This Bill, currently before the Parliamentary Select Committee is strongly weighted in the interests of liable parents, most of whom are fathers. If passed it will further impoverish single mothers and their children. Below is a submission by the Auckland Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children urging all parties to vote against the Bill.


ABORTION - CURRENT POLICY AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Abortion is currently under the Crimes Act rather than the Health Act, meaning abortion is not strictly legal. Additionally, women can not make the decision to abort autonomously, it must be sanctioned by doctors. ALRANZ supplies comprehensive information about existing legislation and recommendations for its improvement.
Website: http://www.alranz.org/laws/whyweneedachange/didyouknow.html


SUB TO THE UPR FROM THE COALITION

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). The HRC uses the UPR process to examine the human rights performance of all 193 UN members. Each country submits a national report to the HRC, which is then measured against the various international human rights treaties to which it is a party, as well as the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international humanitarian law and any voluntary commitments that the country has made. The UPR is designed to ensure the HRC treats every country equally when assessing the domestic human rights situation. The UPR process takes place once every 4 and a half years, and is intended to initiate a national dialogue on the human rights situation in the country under review. New Zealand’s first review was completed in 2009.


CHILD SEX ABUSER ACQUITTED

Here is a short video on our picket outside the district court against the comedian who admitted sexual assault and was acquitted  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhio5koEvDc

Are policy-makers paying any attention to women’s needs?

Officials have badly messed up Aotearoa’s modern-slavery action plan, by focussing almost solely on the forced labour of men and by ignoring forced prostitution of women (in one year alone, 130 women disclosed to Women’s Refuge they had been forced to sell sex against their will by a partner).

This is only the latest in a long line of recent decisions made by government agencies that discriminate against women. The Ministry of Women have developed a policy tool to avoid such foolishness - but will bureaucrats use it?