This week: Responding to the terrorist attack in Christchurch

Stay up to date with the latest developments in the world of inclusivity and diversity in NZ and beyond with our curated round up of the week’s news.

Islamic Women’s Council repeatedly lobbied to stem discrimination

17 MARCH 2019

The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ) says that despite them raising concerns around the rise of alt-right groups in New Zealand, the government has not done enough to combat the threat.


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Prime Minister responds to Christchurch terrorist attack

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been widely praised as doing a magnificent job in a situation no national leader should have to face. Her language has embodied kindness and compassion, not hate. Unity, not division. Her energies are focused on the victims and reiterating the nation’s common values.

As one article said, “This week the world watched as a woman, new mother and Prime Minister demonstrated typically “feminine” behaviour – and proved just how powerful it can be.”

The New York Times says that “New Zealand’s prime minister is emerging as the progressive antithesis to right-wing strongmen like Trump, Orban and Modi, whose careers thrive on illiberal, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.”

See also: 

Jacinda Ardern’s response in 12 quotes (The Spinoff)

Jacinda Ardern just proved typically ‘feminine’ behaviour is powerful (Stuff)

Jacinda Ardern uses solace and steel to guide a broken nation (The Guardian)


Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua smashes international netball’s glass ceiling

The Silver Ferns will for the first time ever play in a televised match against a men’s invitational team in June. Taurua, who has competed and trained alongside men during her playing career, believes to grow the sport worldwide it needs to target everyone – women and men as players and as an audience.



Berlin offers women reduced train fares to make up for gender pay gap

15 MARCH 2019

In Germany, women are paid an average of 21 percent less than men, one of Europe’s widest gender pay gaps. In Berlin next week, for one day only, the public transportation system will offer them a corresponding discount.


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