Posts Tagged ‘Gender Equality’

Solomons: Domestic violence causing women to flee homes Comments 0

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Increasing domestic violence in Solomon Islands is being blamed for the rise in the number of women and children seeking shelter in a care-centre in Honiara. The Church of Melanesia’s Christian Care Centre’s director, Sister Doreen Awaiasi, says she is having to turn people away as the centre is at full capacity. Sister Doreen says Read more

Catholic Church not helping women by focussing on sorcery Comments 1

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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 The Catholic Church has long been fighting sorcery in Papua New Guinea. An Auckland academic says the real issue with violence against women in Papua New Guinea is not sorcery, but gender inequality. Evangelina Papoutsaki  says unequal gender relations which are the result of the post-colonial times and Christianity, are being used to justify violence against Read more

A woman’s place in New Zealand Comments 0

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The day Prime Minister Helen Clark was berated and humiliated at Waitangi for daring to speak on the marae should have been the day all iwi resolved to reassess the rules subordinating women on marae and in wharenui. It should have been considered urgent. Perhaps the indignity of that day was generally dismissed as mere Read more

Gay man’s complaint against Church dismissed Comments 0

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a complaint against the Anglican Church over its decision to deny a gay man entry to the priesthood. The tribunal had been considering whether Geno Sisneros, of Auckland, was discriminated against when his application to train as a priest was turned down. Continue reading

Rural women most at risk of gender based violence Comments 0

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

A national survey in Fiji on the prevalence of violence against women in relationships shows that women in rural areas are more at risk of being abused than others. The survey was carried out by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, which interviewed more than 3,000 women over two years, from rural and urban areas in Read more

Family First domain name diverted Comments 0

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Thousands of people who want to access Family First’s website are instead inadvertently being directed to the marriage equality campaign’s website. Wellington man Hamish Spencer purchased the domain last week. While one would expect the site to provide an insight into the charity, it instead redirects you to the marriage equality campaign’s website. Family First is staunchly Read more

NZ Human Rights Commission endorses same gender marriage Comments 0

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has formally endorsed same gender marriage and a non-discriminatory approach to adoption that gives primacy to the best interests of the child. The conclusion to The HRC’s short paper states: “In order to ensure formal legal equality, including the right to found and form a family regardless of sexual orientation or Read more

Tonga commits to women empowerment and gender equality Comments 0

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tonga’s director of women’s affairs, Polotu Paunga says the island kingdom has made a lot of commitment towards women empowerment and gender equality.

Speaking from the 9th Meeting of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPMG) in New York, she told Radio Tonga News a major outcome of the annual consultation this year was the confirmation of the Framework of Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of the revised1995 – 2015 Commonwealth Plan of Action on Gender and Development.

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Move away from altar girls reflects wider Catholic debate Comments 1

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Mass had just begun at Corpus Christi Catholic Church when Jennifer Zickel, a Sunday school teacher, glanced at the church bulletin and saw something that made her sick to her stomach. Tucked in with announcements about a new electronic donation system and a church dinner at Margarita’s Mexican restaurant was news that Zickel, the mother of two Read more

More young women join community radio network Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2011

10 new volunteers have been brought together in Suva, in conjunction with the Catholic Women’s League, to learn about community radio, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) and other gender equality and women’s human rights commitments as they prepare to take to the airwaves alongside Generation Next members.

“As a young woman you can make a difference. My message for the 16 days of activism is for my community to be free from violence especially violence against women and girls,” says young mum Ana Rakacikaci. As a mother of 9 and 5 year olds, her priorities are food prices, preventing teenage pregnancies and drug and substance abuse.

“I know through this women’s mobile radio, awareness can be raised to help women, especially young women, to be informed. I am passionate about equality amongst women and girls. I would like them to be empowered through the medium where their voices can be heard.”

She is part of a group of ten young women claiming their role as Peacebuilders, communicators, radio producers and broadcasters as they undergo training at FemLINKPACIFIC’s community media centre in Suva in the lead up to the 16 days’ campaign to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

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