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Sept. 26, 2022, 7:04 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The law provides for the same legal status and rights for women and men, including under family, religious, personal status, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws" (11).
Sept. 26, 2022, 7:04 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1

"The law provides for the same legal status and rights for women and men, including under family, religious, personal status, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws. The government effectively enforced the law" (11).
Sept. 16, 2022, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ATDW-LAW-1

"As the Property (Relationships) Act stands, after three years together – or less, if it's a 'relationship of significance' – the home becomes relationship property and is split 50/50" (para 11). "If the legislation can provide formulaic ways of dealing with things like economic disparity and maintenance there's less opportunity for people to get into contentious situations that will take them into court" (22). "It can be hard for separating couples to determine what's 'fair"'when one walks away with much more than the other. Tim and Sophie Biggs, a former Queenstown couple who are believed to be involved in New Zealand's biggest divorce settlement, valued at $59 million, have been...more
Sept. 16, 2022, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ATDW-LAW-2

"It can be hard for separating couples to determine what's 'fair"'when one walks away with much more than the other. Tim and Sophie Biggs, a former Queenstown couple who are believed to be involved in New Zealand's biggest divorce settlement, valued at $59 million, have been arguing over exactly that. Tim Biggs argues his wife should get 15 per cent of the relationship property. But she is seeking an equal share, and a share of her estranged husband's wealth available to him via his trusts and companies" (para 23-24). "University of Auckland associate professor in the department of commercial law Alex Sims said the original law had been intended to...more
Sept. 16, 2022, 6:02 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The jumpsuit is made by Kowtow, a woman-founded and led clothing company based in Wellington. I'd traveled to New Zealand six months ago for a heady mixture of adventure and relaxation. I left there wildly impressed by the strength in numbers of their women entrepreneurs and found myself on a female forward journey through the country" (para 2). "'I have felt in my career that there is no differentiation between men and women in business,' Kowtow's founder and creative director Gosia Piatek told me. She did add that on occasion she felt judged for choosing to run a business while being a mother. But Piatek says that has changed since...more
Sept. 16, 2022, 6:02 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

"'I have felt in my career that there is no differentiation between men and women in business,' Kowtow's founder and creative director Gosia Piatek told me. She did add that on occasion she felt judged for choosing to run a business while being a mother. But Piatek says that has changed since Jacinda Ardern was elected prime minister last year and has shown that working mothers can run a country and have a baby" (para 3). "Of course, there's still a way to go. There's always a way to go. By all accounts Deanna Yang's Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar is a success. They've been open for six years. They...more
June 10, 2022, 1:22 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Women have also been disproportionately affected by job losses, particularly women of color and ethnic minorities. Worldwide, women lost more than 64 million jobs in 2020 alone, resulting in an estimated US$800 billion loss of income" (Para. 2). "Mirroring these trends, women in Aotearoa New Zealand faced greater economic, social and health challenges than men. In 2020, women made up 90% of pandemic-related redundancies. In 2021, many more women were working in “precarious” jobs. Wāhine Māori and Pacific women, already facing greater inequalities, have been even harder hit by job losses" (Para. 3). "While some governments have taken steps to address women’s well-being during the pandemic, such as introducing shorter...more
June 10, 2022, 1:22 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Mirroring these trends, women in Aotearoa New Zealand faced greater economic, social and health challenges than men…" (Para. 3).
June 10, 2022, 1:22 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CL-PRACTICE-1

"During the global COVID-19 pandemic, women have carried much of the unpaid emotional and domestic burden of caring for their families and communities, often simultaneously holding down paid jobs, many on reduced hours or salaries" (Para. 1). "Mirroring these trends, women in Aotearoa New Zealand faced greater economic, social and health challenges than men..." (Para. 3). "In Aotearoa New Zealand, the 2021 Wellbeing Budget sought to “support into employment those most affected by COVID-19, including women”. But the focus on male-dominated industries (such as construction and roading), and lack of initiatives aimed at women as primary carers, meant this was largely a missed opportunity" (Para. 8). "While this general lack...more
June 10, 2022, 1:22 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"During this time, rates of domestic violence against women and girls surged in New Zealand and around the world, prompting some to refer to a “double pandemic” or “shadow pandemic”. Women’s physical and mental health has been heavily affected for both frontline workers and in the home" (Para. 4).
June 10, 2022, 1:22 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-2

"As the stories of women from diverse backgrounds in Aotearoa New Zealand have shown in our own and others’ research, many have turned to their own cultures, social networks and religions to help them through the pandemic. Others have used sport and exercise, nature and digital technology to build a sense of belonging and support during difficult times Such strategies have helped them manage unprecedented levels of stress in their own lives, and the lives of those around them. Women have been active and creative in the ways they’ve found to care for themselves and others" (Para. 10-11).
Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

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Sept. 17, 2021, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: China, New Zealand
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The government complained to the Chinese embassy following a July 29 incident at the University of Auckland in which three mainland Chinese men verbally and physically assaulted a Hong Kong student while she was at a rally in support of Hong Kong’s antiextradition law protesters. The focus of the government’s complaint was a statement issued by the Chinese consulate in Auckland praising the mainlanders’ actions as 'spontaneous patriotism' and criticizing biased coverage of the Hong Kong situation" (5-6).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The law prohibits discrimination with respect to employment and occupation. The government effectively enforced these prohibitions. The HRC has an equal opportunity employment team that focuses on workplace gender-related problems. This team regularly surveyed pay scales, conducted a census of women in leadership roles, and engaged public and private employers to promote compensation equality. The Office of Ethnic Affairs continued to take measures to promote ethnic diversity in occupation and employment" (17).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The E Tu Whanau program is a Maori-centered response, supported by government social services resources, to high levels of violence within Maori homes, which aims to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for family violence" (10).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits child pornography and provides for a maximum 14 years’ imprisonment, as well as maximum individual and corporate fines of NZ$200,000 ($129,000) if a person produces, imports, supplies, distributes, possesses for supply, displays, or exhibits an objectionable publication. The Department of Internal Affairs Censorship Compliance Unit polices images of child sex abuse on the internet and prosecutes offenders" (11).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"The law provides citizens the ability to choose their government through free and fair periodic elections held by secret ballot and based on universal and equal suffrage" (7).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The government complained to the Chinese embassy following a July 29 incident at the University of Auckland in which three mainland Chinese men verbally and physically assaulted a Hong Kong student while she was at a rally in support of Hong Kong’s antiextradition law protesters. The focus of the government’s complaint was a statement issued by the Chinese consulate in Auckland praising the mainlanders’ actions as 'spontaneous patriotism' and criticizing biased coverage of the Hong Kong situation" (6).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"The law provides that any person who has a sexual connection with a person younger than age 16 is liable to a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Further, the law makes it an offense punishable by seven years’ imprisonment to assist a person younger than 18 in providing commercial sexual services; to receive earnings from commercial sexual services provided by a person younger than 18; or to contract for commercial sexual services from, or be a client of, a person younger than 18. The law also makes it an offense to traffic in persons younger than 18 for sexual exploitation or for forced labor. The courts may prosecute citizens...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Domestic violence is a criminal offense. Police were responsive to reports of domestic violence. The law provides victims with 10 days of paid domestic violence leave. The government partially funded women’s shelters, psychosocial services, rape crisis centers, sexual abuse counseling, family violence victim support networks, and violence prevention services. Victims’ programs include: a new crisis response plan for the 72 hours after a sexual assault; programs to reduce harmful sexual behavior, offending, and reoffending; programs focusing on adults who pose a risk to children; and services for male survivors of sexual abuse" (9). "The E Tu Whanau program is a Maori-centered response, supported by government social services resources, to high...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1, LBHO-DATA-1, VOTE-DATA-2

"No laws limit participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate. At the last general election in 2017, 46 women were elected to parliament, and this number has since grown: with a 2019 total of 49 female members of parliament, women comprise more than 40 percent of all members of parliament (MPs). Voter turnout in the general election was 79 percent, while turnout in designated Maori electorates was lower and ranged from 60 percent to 69 percent. In South Auckland electorates with a high percentage of Pacific Island voters, turnout was 69 percent" (8).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits discrimination with respect to employment and occupation. The government effectively enforced these prohibitions. The HRC has an equal opportunity employment team that focuses on workplace gender-related problems. This team regularly surveyed pay scales, conducted a census of women in leadership roles, and engaged public and private employers to promote compensation equality. The Office of Ethnic Affairs continued to take measures to promote ethnic diversity in occupation and employment. According to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Maori and Pacific Island people--and women in particular--remained disadvantaged compared with the general population in terms of conditions of employment and wages" (17).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and provides civil penalties. Sexual contact induced by certain threats may also fall under the criminal code, with a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. In July the HRC released an updated guide on making a complaint about sexual harassment, which includes access to the HRC’s free, informal, and confidential service for questions or complaints about sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination. The HRC also published fact sheets on sexual harassment and made regular sexual harassment prevention training available to schools, businesses, and government departments" (10).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18 for both men and women, but persons between 16 and 18 may marry with family court approval. Marriages involving persons younger than 18 were rare. Watchdog groups believed that a small number of marriages of persons between 16 and 18 were forced by parents. To reduce these, the parliament passed a law in May 2018 requiring family court approval of marriages involving a person younger than 18" (11).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1, CLCC-LAW-2

"Children born in the country attain citizenship if either parent is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the country. Children born outside the country attain citizenship if either parent is a citizen born in the country. The law requires notification of births by both parents as soon as 'reasonably practicable,' deemed as being within two months of the child’s birth, and most births were registered within this period" (10).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Persons accused of a crime who are age 17 or older are tried as adults and, if convicted, sent to adult prisons. Authorities held male prisoners younger than 17 in four separate detention facilities operated by the national Child and Youth Welfare Agency. There was no separate facility for juvenile female prisoners because there were very few such prisoners" (2).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Pacific Islanders (also known as Pasifika), who comprised 8.1 percent of the population in 2018, experienced some societal discrimination and had the highest rates of unemployment (8 percent) and lowest labor force participation (60 percent) of any demographic group. In late 2018 the HRC reported on significant ethnic pay gaps in the country’s public service that left Pasifika women paid 21 per cent lower than the average" (13).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization" (10).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rates of reported violence against women were at historic high levels, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Ministry of Justice data shows there were 2,605 convictions for sexual offenses in 2018-19, up from 2,172 in 2009-10. According to a 2016 government report, one in three women reported having experienced physical or sexual violence or both by an intimate partner. The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape. The maximum penalty is 20 years’ imprisonment; however, indefinite detention may occur in cases where the parole board, during its annual review, believes the prisoner poses a continuing threat to society" (9). "The law provides that any person who has a...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, TRAFF-LAW-2, IRP-LAW-5

"The law provides that any person who has a sexual connection with a person younger than age 16 is liable to a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Further, the law makes it an offense punishable by seven years’ imprisonment to assist a person younger than 18 in providing commercial sexual services; to receive earnings from commercial sexual services provided by a person younger than 18; or to contract for commercial sexual services from, or be a client of, a person younger than 18. The law also makes it an offense to traffic in persons younger than 18 for sexual exploitation or for forced labor. The courts may prosecute citizens...more