Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew departs tomorrow on a visit to Washington, DC and New York.
On Wednesday, July 18 she will present New Zealand’s seventh report to the United Nations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
“The CEDAW report, prepared every four years, is a ‘report card’ on how well New Zealand women are doing according to international benchmarks.
“New Zealand ranks well internationally for gender equality but there are still areas where more progress is needed.
“For example, women comprise the majority of tertiary students and the gender gap for median hourly earnings is now 9.6 per cent - the lowest it has been since we began measuring.
“Health outcomes for New Zealand women also continue to improve. Comprehensive screening programmes for breast and cervical cancer are already contributing to lower rates of women’s morbidity and mortality.
“These are positive trends for women in New Zealand, however we could still do better at making the best use of women’s skills in leadership and the economy and reducing our rate of family violence.”
Jo will also attend meetings to discuss best practice and new ideas for progressing gender equality, particularly in the complex and challenging areas of reducing the remaining gender pay gap and increasing women’s safety from violence.
Source: The office of Jo Goodhew.