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June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

"New Zealand women have long enjoyed equal rights to acquire, change or retain their nationality. There are no changes since New Zealand’s last report" (page 15).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

"In Tokelau culture, there is a clear demarcation between male and female roles. In the traditional social system, women have relatively high status, derived from their right to occupy the house owned by their kin groups and to manage domestic economies. A husband moves to his wife’s house on marriage" (page 56).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"Rural women aged 15 years and over had a higher before-tax mean income ($31,200) than urban women ($30,500) in the year to March 2013. Other statistics drawn from the New Zealand Census show that in 2013: 13 per cent of women in New Zealand lived in rural areas. The percentage of young rural women in full-time study is greater than the percentage of young urban women in full-time study, and 59 per cent of rural women owned or partly owned their usual residence, compared with 49 per cent of urban women" (page 31). "The Ministry for Primary Industries has funded Rural Women NZ during recent adverse climatic events, most recently...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Abortion rates recently hit a 17 year low (down to 14.4 per 1000 women aged 15-44 years)" (page 27).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ADDL-DATA-1

"The reforms of 2012 and 2013 modernized the welfare system and aimed to reduce benefit dependency, encourage work and self-reliance and provide a safety net and support for those who need it. There have been some positive outcomes for women. The number of female working age (18-64 year olds) beneficiaries dropped from 187,553 in June 2012 to 170,894 in June 2014. The number of sole parent beneficiaries is the lowest for two decades, down from 87,662 in June 2012 to 74,027 in June 2014" (page 50).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"During 2014/15, 901 people were approved for residence through the Refugee Quota Programme and 321 people through the Refugee Family Support Category. Fifty per cent of all international/humanitarian migrants were female. Refugee women are supported by the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy. Its vision is that refugees participate fully and are efficiently integrated socially and economically so that they can live independently, undertake the same responsibilities and exercise the same rights as other New Zealanders and have a strong sense of belonging to their own community and to New Zealand" (page 9). "Migrant and refugee women face specific disadvantages, including access to support and services, transportation, isolation and language barriers"...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: MISA-DATA-2

"Maternal tobacco use at two weeks postnatal has fallen from 14.8 per cent in 2009 to 13.5 per cent in 2013" (page 27).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CL-PRACTICE-1

"The Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2014-2018 formally recognizes that both the family carer and the person they support have rights and needs, and that at times these may not be the same. The Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2014-2018 aims to balance the interests and rights of the family carer with the interests and rights of the person they support. Women make up a significant proportion of carers" (page 7). "The aged care sector . . . has a particularly high proportion of migrant women workers" (page 8). "Women are more likely than men to care for others in an unpaid capacity. According to the 2013 Census, 34 per cent of...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1

"Women are gaining qualifications at a greater rate than men but their skills are not being translated into greater career and development opportunities. A substantial proportion of both women (47 per cent) and men (53 per cent) work in occupations that are at least 70 per cent dominated by their own gender. MfW is working on initiatives to attract and retain priority groups of women in occupations where high growth is projected and where women are currently underrepresented, in particular science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) industries, and construction and trades" (page 9-10). "Fields of study still vary considerably by gender. In 2013 female...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Plan of Action to Prevent People Trafficking is a whole-of-government response to people trafficking and outlines a comprehensive support structure for victims. It assists and encourages victims of trafficking to participate in any criminal proceedings involving their alleged traffickers. Suspected victims will be provided with protection as a witness and potential victim. Unless they choose to return home, certified victims of people trafficking will be granted a 12-month temporary entry class visa. Adult applicants will then be able to apply for a resident visa. The Government will provide long-term shelter and residency benefits, including financial assistance and publicly funded health and disability services, to victims to aid them in...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: BR-DATA-1

"The fertility rate was two births per woman in 2015" (page 33).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Violence has significant impacts on the physical and mental health of women. The health system includes activity to prevent, identify and treat family and sexual violence, which women experience at disproportionately higher rates than men. The Health Promotion Agency undertakes health promotion activities that seek to address risk and protective factors for violence, including information and campaigns around alcohol (a risk factor) and improving mental well-being (a protective factor). Women 16 years and over are universally screened for family violence in the following DHB community and hospital services: mental health, alcohol and other drug, paediatrics, maternity, sexual health and emergency departments. Children under 16 years are screened in child health...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"New Zealand provides a range of low-cost options for contraception. Rates of contraceptive and condom use have remained static for 13-17 year olds from 2001 to 2012. In 2012 at least 13,500 women received the Jadelle implant in New Zealand. Family Planning recorded that more than 4,000 women received the implant through its services alone, at a low cost of around $5 per implant. This is a considerable increase in uptake from 2008 when it was available at a cost of $300 per implant" (page 26).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"The number of women chief executives has increased in this reporting period. As at 30 June 2015, 41 per cent (12 of 29) of chief executives were women compared with 24.1 per cent in 2012. Women occupied 44.2 per cent of senior leadership positions in the public service (the top three tiers of management) as at 30 June 2015" (page 12). "Women comprise almost 60 per cent of employees in law firms, 47 per cent of lawyers, but only 26 per cent of partners or directors. The New Zealand Law Society has made the advancement of women one of its key priorities" (page 13). "Women made up 17 per cent...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"On April 2013 New Zealand became the thirteenth country to legislate for marriage equality enabling marriages between people 'regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity'. The amendment achieves a balance between the right of everyone to marry and be free from discrimination and the right to freedom of religion. The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 has meant that married same-sex couples are recognized as ‘spouses’ under the Adoption Act 1955 and therefore are eligible to jointly adopt a child. In December 2015 the High Court ruled that same-sex couples could legally adopt children. On 7 March 2016 the Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT) released its decision...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"New Zealand will consider acceding to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, in accordance with its domestic processes, prior to New Zealand’s Third Universal Periodic Review. New Zealand is not considering ratifying the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. New Zealand has various laws to protect all workers in New Zealand, including migrant workers" (page 52).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Disabled women are less likely to undertake higher education. In 2013, 46 per cent of disabled women had no education or below an upper secondary education, 18.8 per cent had an upper secondary education, 14 per cent had achieved Level 4-6 National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and 11.8 per cent had achieved Level 7 NCEA, a Bachelors degree or higher. Disabled women’s low participation rates in employment and education indicate that their skills and talents are not being fully utilized and they are more likely to experience poor social and economic outcomes across their life course . . . The New Zealand Disability Strategy (the Strategy) is currently being...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"Screening for HIV is a well-established part of maternity care and all pregnant women are offered screening for HIV in pregnancy as part of the first antenatal blood tests. Very few pregnant women (around one woman per year) are identified through screening; however, the universal offer is still important as testing is the only way to know if women have HIV. For those women who are found to be HIV positive, early detection leads to early treatment for the woman and enables implementation of preventative measures that reduce the chance of mother-child transmission during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding" (page 25). "HIV antenatal screening must comply with the Code of Health...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"The Ministry for Women (MfW) is the Government’s principal advisor on achieving better outcomes for women. MfW currently focuses on four priority areas that contribute towards the Government’s goals: Supporting more women and girls in education and training; Utilizing women’s skills and growing the economy; Encouraging and developing women leaders; and Ensuring women and girls are free from violence" (page 5). "MfW acts as a ‘connector’ between emerging women leaders, providing support and information, to develop their skills and talents and realize their leadership potential. MfW continues to directly assist appointing government agencies with the recruitment of suitable women for vacancies on state sector boards. The Ministry for Pacific Peoples...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"A new pilot programme began on 1 September 2015 in two pilot sites, in Porirua and Christchurch, to provide judges with better family violence information about defendants at bail hearings. A key aim of the initiative is to ensure that judges are provided with relevant, timely and consistent information to keep victims safe. Prior to bail hearings, judges are provided with a Family Violence Summary Report which includes all recorded family violence incidents, including alleged breaches of Protection Orders and Police Safety Orders, involving the defendant. The Minister of Justice appointed a Chief Advisor on Victims to Government in November 2015. The role marks an important step to ensure victims...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"New Zealand’s first people trafficking trial concluded in December 2015. Two individuals were charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals. They were acquitted of people trafficking charges, but found guilty on 11 charges of supplying false and misleading information to Immigration New Zealand. New Zealand’s second people trafficking trial is to be heard in August 2016. A Fijian national faces 16 charges of people trafficking under the Crimes Act 1961 and 56 charges under the Immigration Act 2009. The Plan of Action to Prevent People Trafficking is a whole-of-government response to people trafficking and outlines a comprehensive support structure for victims....more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: IM-DATA-1

"The stillbirth rate per 1,000 births has fallen from 6.4 in 2009 to 5.1 in 2012" (page 27).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"In 2014 women continued to participate in tertiary education (including all post-school provider-based education) at a higher rate than men. Twelve per cent of women were participating in tertiary education in 2014, compared to 8.7 per cent of men. Tertiary education participation in 2014 varied significantly by ethnic group" (page 17). Table 2, Women's participation in tertiary education in 2014 by ethnic group, shows that among all women, 11.6% attended tertiary education; most of these women were Maori (17.3%), followed by Pacific (13.4%), European (11.2%) and Asian (9.1%). Most of these women were between ages 18 and 24 (page 17). "Women (56 per cent) are more likely to complete their...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2

"Bias and stereotypical views exclude women from leadership roles, career progression and employment opportunities" (page 53).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Corrections (Mothers with Babies) Amendment Act 2008 allows eligible mothers in prison to keep their children with them until the age of two (the age limit was previously nine months). In Mothers with Babies units within women’s prisons, a baby can live with their mother until they are two years old. This initiative aims to reduce the likelihood of re-offending for mothers serving prison sentences and significantly improve their children’s life chances. These units are available at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility, Arohata Prison (Wellington) and Christchurch Women’s Prison. An independent formative evaluation of the Mothers with Babies units conducted in 2013 confirmed they operated according to best practice...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CUST-LAW-4

"The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 has meant that married same-sex couples are recognized as ‘spouses’ under the Adoption Act 1955 and therefore are eligible to jointly adopt a child. In December 2015 the High Court ruled that same-sex couples could legally adopt children. On 7 March 2016 the Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT) released its decision regarding a claim lodged by Adoption Action Inc. The HRRT declared that a number of provisions of the Adoption Act 1955 are inconsistent with the right to freedom from discrimination affirmed by section 19 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. The HRRT also declared section 4(1) of the...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: MISA-DATA-1

"Women experience certain mental disorders at a higher rate than men, such as eating disorders and some mood disorders. Māori and Pacific women are more likely to experience mental illness, than women from other ethnic groups" (page 25).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Women have the same rights as men in New Zealand to participate in recreational activities, sports and aspects of cultural life" (page 30).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Ministry for Women (MfW) is the Government’s principal advisor on achieving better outcomes for women. MfW currently focuses on four priority areas that contribute towards the Government’s goals: Supporting more women and girls in education and training; Utilizing women’s skills and growing the economy; Encouraging and developing women leaders; and Ensuring women and girls are free from violence" (page 5). "MfW acts as a ‘connector’ between emerging women leaders, providing support and information, to develop their skills and talents and realize their leadership potential. MfW continues to directly assist appointing government agencies with the recruitment of suitable women for vacancies on state sector boards. The Ministry for Pacific Peoples...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"The number of women chief executives has increased in this reporting period. As at 30 June 2015, 41 per cent (12 of 29) of chief executives were women compared with 24.1 per cent in 2012. Women occupied 44.2 per cent of senior leadership positions in the public service (the top three tiers of management) as at 30 June 2015" (page 12). "Women made up 17 per cent of directors and 19 per cent of officers (chief executives and senior managers) of all listed companies in 2015" (page 13). "While young women on average do better in school than young men, young women aged 15-24 years are also more likely not...more