March 10, 2023
Wahine Māori lagging on Women’s Day measures
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson used this week’s International Woman’s Day to call for the Crown to be accountable for the continuing discrimination against wahine Māori.
She says the status of Māori women was undermined by colonisation.
There are many wahine toa pushing for change at the grassroots level, but the Crown also has a role to pay in tackling embedded racism classism, and attacks on poor brown communities.
“It’s not just ‘let’s do advocacy.’ It’s also about calling for Crown accountability to the fact there are still large gender pay gaps and that penalised wahine Māori and Pacific women the most, to that fact that in our housing and health and income it is wahine Māori who have to continually come up against the cruelty of the current system,” Ms Davidson says.
Marama Davidson says as Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence she is pushing for change but it needs collective action.
Marama Davidson says the Crown needs to be accountable for large gender pay gaps that penalize Wahine Māori and Pacific women the most while in housing and health it is Wahine Māori who continually come up against the cruelty of the current systems.