New Zealand’s Minister for Women needs to take a leaf out of this PM’s book

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter

New Zealand’s Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter has already failed the first real hurdle since her appointment. Instead of standing up for women’s equality and women’s rights and specifically the right of Labour list MP Jo Luxton to be treated with respect and according to New Zealand cultural norms she defended the rights of the visiting Iranian delegation to insult their Kiwi hosts. She said that ” different cultures have different practices” and that the Iranians meant no disrespect.

In complete contrast to Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter’s weak, appeasement style approach to men who disrespect New Zealand women, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Rober Fico is taking a strong approach to protecting the rights of women in Slovakia. Genter needs to take notes because this is how someone who really cares about Women’s rights gets the job done.

Slovakian PM: Migrants threaten the rights of Europe’s women

In his comments on not ratifying the Istanbul Convention, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Rober Fico said that protecting women’s rights is more important than ever.

“Any violence against women is unacceptable and has no place in our society”, Fico said […] He added that the protection of women’s rights is “particularly important in a time when migrants make up an increasing proportion of the European population” and bring with them “the perception of a woman as a submissive human being”.

He acknowledges the cultural difference but instead of making excuses for it like Genter did, he acknowledges how problematic that different cultural practice is inside a country where women have equality.

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