RECOGNITION OF RURAL NEW ZEALANDERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS NEEDED
Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) notes the inclusion of its submissions to the UN Human Rights Council in the Report to the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, presented by Minister of Justice, Andrew Little.
“RWNZ seeks to ensure New Zealand takes action on the issues highlighted in our submission, including family violence and victim support services, access to health and education, programmes enabling rural women to reach leadership roles, inequality in pay and employment opportunities, support for migrant workers and how our environment impacts our quality of life,” says National Chair, Penny Mudford.
“Rural communities and particularly rural women, continue to be disadvantaged by geographic isolation which prevents families in need from accessing help and support services, especially in situations involving family violence and mental heath.” says Ms Mudford.
“Additionally, limited access to vital technology, poor connectivity and social pressures are all factors that make it more difficult to seek and receive support in rural communities,” Ms Mudford advised.
“While RWNZ welcomes recognition of the issues facing rural New Zealanders, it urges the Government to further rural proof its policies so that all New Zealanders have equal access to services and support when they need it.”
For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand National Office 04 473 5524