Dr Jackie Blue

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Spon­sored by the Min­istry for Women, this award recog­nises an out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual driv­ing equal pay in an or­gan­i­sa­tion. Dr Jackie Blue’s role as the for­mer Equal Em­ploy­ment Op­por­tu­ni­ties Com­mis­sioner has been in­stru­men­tal in driv­ing pos­i­tive change for women, in par­tic­u­lar pay eq­uity. She rep­re­sented NZ at the 2018 United Na­tions CEDAW (the Com­mit­tee on the Elim­i­na­tion of Dis­crim­i­na­tion against Women) call­ing for the gov­ern­ment to step up its work to ad­dress the marginal­i­sa­tion of women in the work­force and in­cor­po­rate the prin­ci­ple of equal pay for equal value in leg­is­la­tion. Dr Blue also fronted the $600K Gap cam­paign, which high­lighted over their work­ing life women earn $600,000 less on av­er­age than their male coun­ter­parts. “Women are over­rep­re­sented and on the wrong side of the gen­der pay gap, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual as­sault,” says Dr Blue, who be­lieves these prob­lems stem from so­ci­ety valu­ing women less than men.

Jackie with Kat Doughty from YWCA Auck­land.

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