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To: All New Zealand Political Parties
Review ethical political party candidate criteria in regards to sexual violence.
Review ethical criteria for appointing candidate's to their respective parties, ensuring all candidates hold high ethical standards of conduct in regards to zero tolerance of sexual violence.
Why is this important?
Sexual violence is a key social issue undermining the well-being of Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2017.
Approximately 1 in 5 NZ women experience a serious sexual assault in their lifetime and only about 10 out of 100 sexual abuse crimes are reported and only 3 of those get to court.
It is imperative for New Zealanders, particularly women, to feel safe, validated and valued when speaking up about sexual violence prevention, intervention and recovery.
We must ensure all political parties promote an environment where New Zealanders feel safe, validated and free to speak truth and advocate for a society free of sexual violence. Sexual violence in New Zealand will ultimately only be prevented and eliminated by individual, institutional and intentional social change.
This petition asks each registered New Zealand political party to include a statement in the candidate selection criteria which will ensure each candidate upholds the principle of a society free of sexual violence in any form. This measure would be publicly available on all political party websites, advertising and promotional material.
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