Gender equality and LGTBIQ+ issues in international relations

Louisa Wall, New Zealand Ambassador for Gender Equality (Pacific) Tuia Tāngata

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM NZDT, Friday, 9 December 2022

Wellington

Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 2 (GBLT2) Victoria University of Wellington Pipitea Campus 15 Lambton Quay Wellington, 6011

Join us on Friday 9 December for a presentation by Ms Louisa Wall, New Zealand’s Ambassador for Gender Equality (Pacific) Tuia Tāngata.

Louisa Wall (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Waikato) served as a New Zealand Labour Party Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2022, during which time she held various roles including chair of the Health Select Committee and membership of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee.

Prior to her Parliamentary career, Louisa held a variety of roles across the public sector as a policy advisor and community advocate in the social policy and public policy areas. Louisa’s work is founded on a commitment to universal human rights together with promoting the rights of gender and sexual minorities, ending TB, guaranteeing universal access to family planning and strengthening women’s rights through increased political participation.

In 2013, same-sex couples gained the right to legally marry in New Zealand, a change in legislation driven by her. In 2015, she lobbied for gender identity to be added to New Zealand’s discrimination laws under the Human Rights Act. That same year, she and Green MP Jan Logie formed the Cross-Party Parliamentary Rainbow Caucus, a working group that acknowledges the issues of the rainbow community as separate from party politics and deserving of unified advocacy. Louisa remains a co-chair of this group.

In 2015, Louisa participated in the development of a United Nations kaupapa launching the Free & Equal Campaign in the Pacific. This joint initiative campaign seeks to challenge negative stereotypes gender and sexual minorities and promote measures to protect the human rights of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

In 2018, she facilitated a partnership between the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and the Cross-Party Parliamentary Rainbow Caucus to ensure that the voices of this community were being heard at the highest levels of governance and advocacy. She continues to support individuals from around the world who request assistance with immigration to New Zealand on the basis of persecution and discrimination.

In Parliament, she was the New Zealand lead of the Asia Pacific TB Caucus and also Co-Chair of NZ Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians. In April 2022 she was appointed New Zealand’s Ambassador for Gender Equality (Pacific)/Tuia Tāngata.

Please note, Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 2 (GBLT2) has wheelchair access.

Contact the Wellington branch

KARIM DICKIE, CHAIR

karim@dickie.org.nz

Join us on Friday 9 December for a presentation by Ms Louisa Wall, New Zealand’s Ambassador for Gender Equality (Pacific) Tuia Tāngata.

Louisa Wall (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Waikato) served as a New Zealand Labour Party Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2022, during which time she held various roles including chair of the Health Select Committee and membership of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee.

Prior to her Parliamentary career, Louisa held a variety of roles across the public sector as a policy advisor and community advocate in the social policy and public policy areas. Louisa’s work is founded on a commitment to universal human rights together with promoting the rights of gender and sexual minorities, ending TB, guaranteeing universal access to family planning and strengthening women’s rights through increased political participation.

In 2013, same-sex couples gained the right to legally marry in New Zealand, a change in legislation driven by her. In 2015, she lobbied for gender identity to be added to New Zealand’s discrimination laws under the Human Rights Act. That same year, she and Green MP Jan Logie formed the Cross-Party Parliamentary Rainbow Caucus, a working group that acknowledges the issues of the rainbow community as separate from party politics and deserving of unified advocacy. Louisa remains a co-chair of this group.

In 2015, Louisa participated in the development of a United Nations kaupapa launching the Free & Equal Campaign in the Pacific. This joint initiative campaign seeks to challenge negative stereotypes gender and sexual minorities and promote measures to protect the human rights of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

In 2018, she facilitated a partnership between the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and the Cross-Party Parliamentary Rainbow Caucus to ensure that the voices of this community were being heard at the highest levels of governance and advocacy. She continues to support individuals from around the world who request assistance with immigration to New Zealand on the basis of persecution and discrimination.

In Parliament, she was the New Zealand lead of the Asia Pacific TB Caucus and also Co-Chair of NZ Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians. In April 2022 she was appointed New Zealand’s Ambassador for Gender Equality (Pacific)/Tuia Tāngata.

Please note, Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 2 (GBLT2) has wheelchair access.

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