We work towards the advancement of all women in the Pacific.

 

Our Beginning

Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand), in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2010, works for gender justice and equality for all women and girls. Since its establishment in 2000, Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ)’s primary objectives are to monitor, review and report on progress in advancing the well-being of women and girls both in New Zealand and in the Pacific sub-region. The organisation’s founding documents state our recognition of the indigenous Māori women as tangata whenua and the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand. This all-encompassing recognition of all women also takes into account the many ethnicities and cultures of everyone who reside in and call New Zealand home.

“Equality for women is progress for all.”

— Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women

 

Under its special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, Pacific Women's Watch (NZ) is mandated to make the voices of women in Pacific states heard more loudly at the international level.

We have a role among New Zealand NGOs in working to advocate and represent women across the diversity of cultures making New Zealand their home, many who suffer social or economic disadvantage or any kind of marginalisation, and struggle to have their voices heard.

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