New Zealand Census of Women's Participation

New Zealand Census of Women's Participation

The New Zealand Census of Women's Participation report published by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission provides an objective picture of the progress New Zealand women have made and a factual platform debate about what should be done.   It includes time series data which is important to identify both progress and regression and which signals trends and patterns.    A regular feature of the Census report is the Agenda for Change which outlines strategies that stakeholders could use to push for progress.   

The Census report is itself a catalyst for change.   Thousands of copies are used in New Zealand and internationally for both advocacy and as a reference by business, politicians, policy-makers, academic researchers, civil society and by individuals.    It is increasingly being used referenced by students and is used by the Commission to monitor and analyse progress in improving equal employment opportunities in New Zealand.    For a hard copy of the latest Census report email

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Will mentoring do it?

The Human Rights Commission today welcomes the Institute of Director’s mentorship programme aimed at increasing the number of women on boards. "It is fantastic that the Institute of Directors (IOD) has begun a mentoring programme for aspiring female directors. This will add to a number of other initiatives preparing women for governance positions such as the EEO’s Trust cross mentoring programme, Global Women’s initiatives, the Agri-Women’s Development Trust’s Accelerator programme and the New Zealand Women in Leadership programme in universities,” says Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Judy McGregor. Read more