It’s International Women’s Day. Sue Moroney’s semi-regular Women’s Affairs newsletter sums it up well:
International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900′s. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
You can find more information on what is happening in New Zealand here.
Happy International Women’s Day; the fight for equality still has some way to be won…
Actually also in that newsletter is news that her Paid Parental Leave Bill is just about to recommence Select Committee hearings, but that the report back date to Parliament is pushed back until August. Funny how National can organise some things through Select Committee incredibly quickly, but others… The ostensible reason is the huge number of submissions, which considering just 7 were opposed is pretty positive at least.
Also interesting in that newsletter is how if you removed ACC Chair Paula Rebstock, former National President Judy Kirk, former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley and former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast from statistics of women on company Boards (as each sit on so many), our poor statistics would be truly horrendous…