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Women the losers under National’s cuts

National’s poor performance in appointing women to state sector boards is set to get worse with funding cuts to the nomination service provided by the Ministry for Women, Labour’s Woman’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

“Minister for Women Louise Upston should hang her head in shame with today’s announcement that just 41.7 per cent of state sector board appointments were women, when it had already reached 42.2 per cent back in 2008.

“Going backwards is nothing to celebrate and neither is the 35 per cent funding cut in last week’s Budget to the nomination service which supports those appointments.

“Female representation on state sector boards had been increasing steadily until National took office, but this Government has reversed that trend.

“Last week’s Budget also saw a 14 per cent cut to the overall spend for the Ministry for Women, on top of cuts to Women’s Refuge and the vital services they provide.

“The attitude of John Key’s Government towards women of is becoming clearer all the time,” Sue Moroney says.