We value women: at home, at work, and in the community.
We want to see all women's experience, knowledge, work (including unpaid work), and contributions to society properly recognised and valued.
We want all women to be safe from violence, abuse, and ill health.
We have a vision of a New Zealand free from all forms discrimination against women - including economic, political, social, direct, and indirect discrimination.
The Greens envision a world where women's experience, knowledge, wisdom, work and contribution is recognised, valued and treasured. The Greens want a future where women are safe from violence, abuse and ill health.
The Green Party affirms that:
- Women's unpaid work should be valued and recognised.
- Women should receive equal pay for work of equal value.
- Women with family responsibilities should not be discriminated against, and that they should where possible be able to work without conflict between their paid employment and family responsibilities.
- Women and men should share positions of responsibility and decision making.
- Women should be safe from violence.
- Structural and indirect discrimination against women and wahine Maori must be dismantled.
- New Zealand should honour our commitment to international conventions, treaties and standards that relate to the elimination of discrimination against women.
- Te Tiriti O Waitangi remains a living and fundamental constitutional document.
Key Policy Points
The Green Party will:
- Introduce legislation (along the lines of recent UK legislation) which will encourage greater flexibility in working hours. All parents should be able to negotiate with their employer greater flexibility in their working hours and in their work location, especially during school holidays and when children are sick
- Introduce a Universal Child Benefit. This non income tested, non transferable payment to the primary caregiver would be similar to the Family Benefit that was scrapped in 1991. The benefit would provide a payment of $18.40 per week for the first child and $13.00 per week for every subsequent child
- Support a full and wide ranging public debate on Universal Basic Income. The UBI would recognise the value of caring for children and other dependants, as well as voluntary community work
- Work to eliminate the gender pay gap by establishing a Pay Equity Commission and requiring state sector employers to undertake pay audits and job evaluations of all occupations within five years
- Foster new employment by supporting active employment programmes, including resourcing targeted employment, self employment and small business programmes for women, wahine Maori, and migrant women
- Reform Paid Parental Leave to provide 13 months leave for all employed and self employed women
- Implement the principles of simplicity and universality in all aspects of income support, including an increased emphasis on treating all adults as individuals for income support purposes
- Increase educational and training programmes to deal with attitudes and behaviours that result in violence
- Secure financial support for agencies that provide safe houses and refuge for women and children living in violent relationships
- Support and extend targeted smoking cessation programmes for Maori women, and young women
- Develop a National Infertility Prevention strategy that focuses on ways we can protect fertility and reduce infertility and research environmental causes of infertility in women and declining sperm counts in men
- Ensure the waiting time between surgery for breast cancer and radiotherapy is within internationally recognised time of 12 weeks
- Decriminalise prostitution. Legislation will focus on protecting minors and those forced to work in the trade and promoting health and safety
- Resource a series of nation wide hui of wahine Maori to discuss and determine their priorities and needs for the future
- Implement programmes and policies to reduce existing social and economic disparities between Maori and non-Maori women
- Reduce cost of tertiary education to students by capping fees at $1,500, introducing a universal student allowance and writing off one year of student debt for every year of paid or unpaid (including parenting) work in New Zealand
- Review the management and rehabilitation of women in prison, in particular, pregnant and nursing mothers
- Recognise and support the leadership of wahine Maori on both social and environmental issues
- Support mothers' programmes in schools and other educational institutions.