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Symposium – Law and gender: beyond patriarchy

Publication date:
01 Feb 2022, 09:00 AM - 01 Feb 2022, 05:00 PM
AUT City Campus and online via Zoom
Various. See programme
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About the symposium

Now is a critical time for gender-related legal issues in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the past decade, the legal landscape has changed markedly, with the adoption of the Marriage Amendment Act 2013, continued debate on the gender pay gap, the enactment of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2020, and the introduction of legislation banning conversion therapy (recently passing its first reading in August 2021). However, our legal framework is not yet free of gendered power dynamics, the legacy of colonisation, and (un)conscious bias. Significant challenges remain, such as the privileging of colonised assumptions; inadequate responses to gender-based violence; the pathologisation of trans or gender-diverse identities; persistent barriers to accessing justice for cisgender women, trans women and other trans people; overrepresentation of Māori women in prison; and workplace sexual harassment and exploitation.

This symposium focuses on contemporary legal issues, questions, and developments at the intersection of gender, race, class, ability and other personal identities that engage with the forward-thinking theme of law and gender beyond patriarchy.

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