New Zealand’s high rates of income inequality and poverty are pulling down the country’s global ranking in terms of gender equality. A new report, The 2019 Equal Measures 2030 SDG Gender Index, has placed New Zealand 11th out of 129 countries. The ranking is based on 51 indicators usedContinue Reading The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a charge with the US labour equality watchdog alleging that Facebook “consciously encouraged” employers to exclude women from their recruitment. It named 10 employers including a roofing firm, a home security vendor and a tyre repair chain which it said hadContinue Reading

She’s a globally-renowned feminist who has never shied away from controversial topics, and at a recent event in Nigeria, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie referenced Jesus’ treatment of women as proof he saw them as equals. An audience member challenged Adichie’s views on feminism by stating: “If God wanted us toContinue Reading Iceland’s willingness to investigate and acknowledge the relationship between gender and business didn’t just rise without precedent. Women’s work was at the root of such awareness, dating back to a 1975 inequality protest, when 90 percent of Icelandic women walked off the job. People paid attention, and five yearsContinue Reading Australia’s race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, says the high no vote in western Sydney in last week’s historic same-sex marriage postal survey reflects religious observance rather than ethnicity, and he has warned against an outbreak of crass, cultural stereotyping. Soutphommasane used a speech at the University of Western SydneyContinue Reading

Our marriage amendment bill was drafted to reflect fundamental human rights principles. We believe in freedom of religion, the equality of citizenship and that the state fundamentally cannot discriminate against any of its citizens. In New Zealand the state’s role in marriage is to issue a marriage licence and toContinue Reading

The Telegraph: Scottish church faces ‘consequences’ over vote to allow same-sex marriage. The compromise narrowly avoided a full schism in the global Anglican group, which has been divided over the issue of sexuality since the American church ordained an openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, inContinue Reading It gets worse. In a study of several hundred people, Jennifer Berdahl of the University of British Columbia found that women who “deviated from traditional gender roles—by occupying a ‘man’s’ job or having a ‘masculine’ personality” were disproportionately targeted for sexual harassment. But sexual harassment isn’t more likely onlyContinue Reading Support for same-sex marriage has fallen during the national survey on the issue, according to Newspoll. The proportion of voters who support same-sex marriage now stands at 57%, compared to 63% in August and 62% in September last year. The no vote has lifted to 34%, from 30% inContinue Reading