NZ prides itself on being a fair and inclusive place, but it’s clear some people find it harder than others to live the lives they want. Women, the LGBTQI community and people with disabilities all face unique challenges not experienced more widely. But what should the government do to help?
People with disabilities face unique challenges at home, at school and about town. What’s to be done so that everyone can access the things they need to live the life they want to live?
Women earn 12 per cent less than men on average and are disproportionately responsible for child care, so several parties have policies about women’s incomes. This election abortion policy, and whether the current law prevents women from making their own choices, has also become an issue.
New Zealand legalised same sex marriage in 2014 but the LGBTQI community still faces challenges that others don’t, including higher rates of suicide. But few parties have plans for how to make things better.