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March 12, 2021 at 2:05 PM

RNZ: One in three women worldwide endure physical or sexual violence - WHO

Nearly one in every four New Zealand women between the ages of 15 and 49 have experienced domestic violence.

The figures - released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) - show 23 percent of women in New Zealand are subjected to physical or sexual violence by their partner.

Nearly one in three women worldwide is subjected to physical or sexual violence during her lifetime, pervasive criminal behaviour that has increased during the pandemic, the WHO said on Tuesday.

The UN agency urged governments to prevent violence, improve services for victims and tackle economic inequalities that often leave women and girls trapped in abusive relationships.

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Stuff: United Nations gives New Zealand a 'fail' grade in Family Court review

New Zealand has failed to address the “obstruction of justice” for domestic violence victims within the Family Court, and must make changes to ensure women and children are safe, the United Nations (UN) women’s rights committee says.

In a report released on Wednesday, the committee said it regretted New Zealand had chosen not established a royal commission of inquiry into the courts as it recommended in 2018, after hearing multiple reports the courts were not meeting victims’ needs.

The government instead ordered a ministerial review, with a more limited scope.

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Stuff: Kiwi kids paying a heavy price for lockdowns, report finds

Kiwi children are paying a heavy price for New Zealand's lockdowns, and it's disproportionately affecting kids who are already suffering.

new report released Sunday examines how they fared during Covid restrictions, and the findings aren't pretty.

In fact, Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft said Aotearoa should be ashamed for neglecting to prioritise the needs of children over the past 30 years.

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Newshub: Family harm incidents in managed isolation hotels causing almost half of all police callouts

Family harm incidents make up more than 40 percent of the police call-outs to managed isolation facilities since their inception last year.

Figures provided to Newshub revealed the shocking statistics - but Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) deputy secretary Megan Main says they're doing everything they can.

"We have over 4000 people in the facilities right now - of course we don't want to see any cases [of family harm] but I'm confident we're doing everything we can to support people in that situation."

She told Newshub the facilities are a "microcosm" of the wider community - so unfortunately family harm can be part of that. 

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NZ Herald: 'Revenge porn' law change to criminalise posting intimate recordings without consent backed by all parties

Posting revenge porn online is on track to become a criminal offence, with the proposed law change being supported by all parties.

The amendment to the Harmful Digital Communications Act seeks to explicitly make posting of intimate images and recordings without consent illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison.

It would also allow courts to issue take-down orders for revenge porn recordings.

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RNZ: Police using app to photograph innocent youth: 'It's so wrong'

Across the country, police are approaching innocent young people, photographing them, collecting their personal details and sending it all to a national database. But why, and what impact is this having on rangatahi?

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Stuff: Revealed: Government to review multi-billion dollar Working For Families scheme

The Government is set to review the hulking multi-billion dollar Working For Families scheme, a newly released paper has revealed.

The review follows on from advice to the Government to expand the scheme to cover families without children.

Labour technically committed to review Working For Families in its 2017 confidence and supply agreement with the Green Party, but this was soon rolled into a wider review of the welfare system, which reported back in 2019.

It has not announced any significant review of the huge scheme since.

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NZ Herald: Maternal suicide: Gemma McCaw shares heartbreaking story of solo mum with no support

Kiwi mums suffering postnatal depression are taking their own lives because they have no one to turn to. First-time mums have described being left alone after traumatic births during lockdown. A powerful public movement in Parliament today aims to bring decades of maternal failures to light. Emma Russell reports.

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Stuff: Coroner calls for reform of 'chaotic' social services in teen suicide report

A coroner’s report into the suicide of a 15-year-old girl has revealed “chaotic” and overstretched social services, missed opportunities to help at least two years before her death, and poor communication between different government services.

The suicide could have been prevented with better communication and coordination across social services, the coroner found.

“The picture … is of a vulnerable and depressed young woman for whom (with the benefit of hindsight) intervention was desperately needed,’’ coroner David Robinson wrote in findings released on Friday.

He recommended a sweeping series of changes to Oranga Tamariki’s services, including better staffing and resources, suicide prevention training for frontline staff and “self harm” flags for the agency's case management system.

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Stuff: Christchurch woman 'never the same' after four-hour torture by ex-partner

A Christchurch woman was subjected to horrific abuse a judge described as “torture” was so traumatised by the ordeal that she ended up dying in a suspected suicide.

The mother of the 34-year-old woman, who legally cannot be identified, said her daughter was never the same after the assault.

“She was left a tortured soul.”

Michael John Parker, 42, was sentenced in the High Court in Christchurch on Tuesday to nine years’ imprisonment.

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Stuff: Let's 'choose to challenge' for those women who can't

OPINION: It’s International Women’s Day today. A day to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. A day to honour those who stood up for women’s rights, often at personal risk. And an opportunity to call for accelerated action for equality.

The campaign theme this year is “choose to challenge”. The premise being that “a challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change”. We are all invited to challenge stereotypes and bias, to call out discrimination, and take action for equality.

While that’s an admirable rallying cry that works for me personally, I’m struck by the thought of women in situations where they do not see a choice, and where to challenge would have negative consequences for them.

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Stuff: We're all in this together, but women taking the burden

OPINION: The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked an enormous human, economic and social toll globally.

Everyone has been affected – and no story is the same. There have been notably diverse outcomes amongst different groups of people – by region, by industry, by age group, by ethnicity and by gender.

Both men and women have faced enormous difficulties through the pandemic, but on average the impacts have been different. Globally, men have experienced higher rates of hospitalisation, complications and loss of life from the virus itself.

Meanwhile, women have been more likely to lose their jobs and are bearing more of the burden of unpaid work, especially in countries where children cannot attend school. This is affecting incomes and employment prospects.

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