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Respect for women is Kiwi 'decency'

Governor-General uses New Year's message to call for gender equality  video
Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy has used her New Year's message to call for gender equality in New Zealand.
In her address, Dame Patsy acknowledged that 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote in New Zealand parliamentary elections. "It was a major step forward in the history of human rights," she said.

The fact the Governor-General, Prime Minister and Chief Justice were all women could be "viewed as evidence of progress with gender equity," Dame Patsy said. "But we look forward to the day when it no longer draws comment.

"Respect for women in the home, in our schools, in our workplaces is part of our inherent sense of fairness and decency as New Zealanders. We look forward to the day when women no longer have to contend with sexual harassment and domestic violence.

"We look forward to the day when women no longer face barriers in their careers just because they're women."

She said she also looked forward to the day when men were encouraged to join careers that may previously have been seen as women's roles.


Source: Stuff

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