Posts Tagged ‘Gender Equality’

Men and women forbidden to dine together Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
dine together

Men and women in the Indonesian province of Aceh are no longer allowed to dine together unless they are married or related. Under the latest regulation in Bireuën district on Sumatra island, men and women will not be able to dine together at restaurants and coffee shops unless they are accompanied by their husband or Read more

Tongan prime minister overrides girls’ rugby ban Comments 0

Monday, March 26th, 2018

An official letter that girls’ rugby and boxing went against Tongan women’s dignity and culture did not represent official government policy says Prime Minister Akilisi Pōhiva.  Continue reading Related Posts:Outrage in Tonga over apparent ban on girls playing rugbyAbortion law campaigners want law change soonSt Mary’s College first XV wins national titleO’Neill wants churches to lead sorcery fight

Include more women in leadership roles – Archbishop Chong Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018
women in leadership

The Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong, says churches and religions in Fiji need to examine their sexist and discriminatory attitude towards women. He says women must be included in decision-making and he has encouraged parishes to include more women in leadership roles, “especially in parish pastoral councils and finance committees”. Writing in the Fiji Times on Read more

Churches in Fiji observe Break-the-Silence Sunday Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017
break the silence

Last Sunday Churches across Fiji observed Break the Silence Sunday in a united attempt to break the culture of silence and shame around violence against women. This is in response to research conducted by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre which suggests that 64 percent of Fijian women aged between 15 and 49 have experienced physical or Read more

Australia’s PM believes in religious freedom more strongly than in same-gender marriage Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017
religious freedom

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry, even more strongly do I believe in religious freedom,” says Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. A supporter of same-gender marriage, Turnbull defended the right of a church to refuse to marry a young couple who had posted support for same-sex unions on social media. He Read more

Anglican women bishops meet to discuss gender justice Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017
women bishops

The seven women bishops of the Provinces of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia and the Anglican Church of Australia met last month to focus on issues of gender justice and women’s leadership in the Anglican Communion. It is the first time the women bishops, who have served in the Anglican Episcopate Read more

Boycott the new series of The Bachelor NZ Comments 0

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
The Bachelor

At least one commentator is suggesting a boycott of the third season of The Bachelor NZ  set to be broadcast on Three in March. “The ship has sailed. The horse has bolted,” says Shelly Bridgeman in her opinion piece in the New Zealand Herald. “So now it’s up to the audience and the advertisers to Read more

CEDAW ratification dividing the nation says Tonga’s PM Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017
CEDAW

Tonga’s Prime Minister says the ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has divided the nation. Mr ‘Akilisi  Pohiva said local women’s groups would again be asked to carry out public consultations. Tonga has been preparing to ratify the convention since 2015. Last year Pohiva said the Read more

Family planning is wrong…Samoa needs more children says Tuilaepa Comments 0

Friday, February 10th, 2017
family planning

Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says family planning is wrong. He believes Samoa needs a bigger population. So he is encouraging people to have more children to increase the population  and among other things to provide “fast and strong boys for Manu Samoa.” He said he wonders who the idiot who came up with Read more

Kiwis more tolerant than Aussies Comments 0

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A new study has concluded that New Zealand workplaces are more diverse and tolerant than their Aussie counterparts. The Randstad Workmonitor report found that more than three-quarters of Kiwi workers believe their company has an open and inclusive culture, while 88% of companies value diversity in the workplace. 9% of Kiwi workers said they had Read more