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Q+A Panel: Budget lacks 'equity lens' to address gender imbalances

This year’s budget failed to address the gender imbalances of those impacted by Covid-19 according to a social justice advocate. 

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Inclusive Aotearoa Collective’s Anjum Rahman was joined by former MP Tau Henare and former Green Party co-leader Russel Norman. Source: Q+A

Inclusive Aotearoa Collective’s Anjum Rahman told the Q+A, the Government had missed the opportunity to equally support areas more popular for women.

With a significant boost in funding for male-dominated sectors like construction, she says there was very little for others. 

“Women got hit hardest, particularly in terms of unemployment with Covid and under-employment, I think that an equity lens hasn’t been applied to this year’s budget,” she said. 

“The community sector which also provides a lot of jobs that improves the wellbeing of our people needs to have an equal focus. That’s where a lot of women are employed and underpaid.” 

She says that these sectors are just as important as male-dominated areas and deserved to have an equitable degree of funding. 

Across the ditch in Australia, a significant degree of funds were set aside in their federal budget for the care economy.

Significant boosts were set aside for sectors often dominated by women, particularly in aged care and child care.  

A cash injection of $3.4 billion AUD was also set aside in the Australian Federal Budget for women, focusing on generating employment as well as tackling domestic violence and workplace sexual harassment. 

While Rahman acknowledged the positive outcomes of more funding in the New Zealand Budget for tackling housing and poverty. She says more should have gone towards addressing gender imbalances.

Watch the full panel discussion in the video above.