Rural Women New Zealand released a media release, supporting the call of the New Zealand College of Midwives for pay equity.
Please read our media release below.
MIDWIVES NEED EQUAL PAY
Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) backs the call by the New Zealand College of Midwives for pay equity.
�Effective maternity care is vital for the safety of New Zealand�s women and babies particularly in rural communities and reducing the gender pay gap is an important tool in that effectiveness,� says Health Portfolio Convenor and Board Member Margaret Pittaway.
�Rural midwives are the most affected by the gender pay gap because of their increased workload due to longer travel distances and lack of midwives based in rural New Zealand.
�This week we celebrated 125 years since women won the fight to vote � in 2018 we shouldn�t have to fight for pay equity.
�RWNZ asks that the Government front up with the budget needed to fund the model of care co-designed by midwives and the Ministry of Health,� says Mrs Pittaway.
For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
04 473 5524