Well shit is getting serious now. As I currently enjoy a jar or so of cheap red wine whilst editing some writing, the National Council for Women post an extension on the early bird registrations for their gender equality conference. Slightly excited at the prospect of a trip to Wellington I hit the link and study the prices.
The opening line:
“2016 presents an unprecedented opportunity to come together to discuss, debate and then embark on a new path to improve the lives of people everywhere through achieving Gender Equality”
Unprecedented opportunity!! I must get in on this. Much excitement
Then the prices:
Prices for the two day event (excluding the members AGM), is $540.50, a bit cheaper if you buy now and slightly cheaper again you’re a member.
So, NCWNZ, you want to promote equality, specifically gender equality. You’ve succeeded in doing a good job at pricing out the participants and voices of those who aren’t rolling in spare cash. Namely, most people I know. Not exactly a great strategy for your #genderequal campaign.
Now, I’m all for paying good money for good events, you are, after all reading the blog of someone who ended up at Phantom of the Opera more than twice. (Because once is never enough) But when a two day event aimed at equality for all women is more than what myself and others earn in a week, well something’s a bit fucked up here.
Understandably you have things to pay for. Events cost. I get that.
Unfortunately, I’m a woman (and it’s my fault, I know) And I can't afford to attend an event aimed at equality for my gender. (What about the other marginalised groups who are worse off than me?)
Given that the gender pay gap does indeed exist at 11.8% in (2015,) you're promoting equality but pricing out the very people it effects the most.
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