Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy - message for International Women’s Day 2017



Message for UN Women - National Committee Aotearoa

International Women’s Day

Wednesday 8 March, 2017



International Women’s Day is a great opportunity for all New Zealanders to reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and to celebrate what has been achieved so far.

The introduction of universal suffrage in New Zealand in 1893 paved the way for universal participation in politics, education and business. In 2016, New Zealand was one of the 10 highest ranked countries in the Global Gender Gap Index, which measures success in closing the gender gap in terms of economic participation, educational attainment, political empowerment and heath and survival.

These are noteworthy successes and we have every right to be proud of them. However, we must not think the job is done.  There are still many challenges ahead as we strive to achieve a global society pf equal opportunity, respect and safety for all people. I encourage everyone to consider the contribution we each can make to achieve these goals.

UN Women’s theme of “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” is part of the important conversation around how to secure equal opportunity for all women. 

I wish UN Women-National Committee Aotearoa and its members nationwide all the best for today and for continued success with initiatives like the Ending Violence Against Women programme.


Dame Patsy Reddy


Governor-General of New Zealand