Women’s Committee

The Women’s Committee is calling for expressions of interest for attending the E tū Women’s Conference, held in Wellington 11-12 June 2018. There will be speakers, workshops and more – it’s bound to be informative and fun.

If you are interested in applying, would like to be involved in the Women’s Committee, or have any other questions or comments, click here to fill out and expression of interest form or please email etuwomen@etu.nz and we will get back to you.

All expressions of interest must be submitted before 1st May, 2018, no later than 5 pm.

NWSC CONFERENCE AGENDA – Draft for attendees


The Women’s Committee brings together women representatives from across E tū to develop strategies to improve the lives of working women in Aotearoa. Many of our industries are predominantly female and their work is undervalued and underpaid, in a large part because many of their skills and responsibilities are associated with traditional women’s work, which was performed in the home and unpaid, such as caring for our elderly citizens, cooking and cleaning. This work has been recognised now through our victory in the Kristine Bartlett equal pay case.

Equal pay, domestic violence, building confidence, knowledge and new skills along with many other issues are topics for consideration by the women’s network.

“Working women, especially working mothers or women caring for other family members, have additional issues at work. They often have to work around their children and family responsibilities. They use their sick leave to care for family members, then have no leave left when they get sick themselves. There are difficulties advancing their careers because they’re women.”

“If women don’t speak up for themselves and make changes, who’s going to do it? Women in New Zealand fought to get the vote, and won, but it took a long time. Collectively, we make a difference.”

– Wellington caregiver and chair of the Women’s Committee, Marianne Bishop

E tū Women’s Committee

To get in touch, please email etuwomen@etu.nz