Issued 07 June 2016
YWCA seeks quick adoption of Pay Equity Principles
The YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes the release of recommendations of the Working Group on Pay Equity Principles.
Sina Wendt-Moore, YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand Co-President says she “looks forward to the government working quickly to adopt the principles to help women, especially young women,”
“With over 60% of graduates being women, but earning 6-8% less than their male counterparts in the first year of working, we need these principles to be adopted.”
The YWCA is committed on creating, supporting and promoting the skills and confidence for young women to establish, retain and build (make, keep and grow) economic self-reliance. They support initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage and strengthen equal pay.
“It’s a blight on our nation when after 45 years of legislation our young women are still disempowered in this way,” says Wendt-Moore.
About the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand
YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand is part of a global YWCA network spanning 120 countries. The organisation is dedicated to providing leadership opportunities for young women with a mandate stating 25 percent of its board must be women under 30 years of age.
The YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand supports individual and community change by empowering women, especially young women, to develop and exercise their individual and collective leadership through enhancing their spiritual, physical, mental and cultural well-being. We are committed to addressing all forms of oppression, so that women may together attain social and economic justice.