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Tue 22nd March 2016

2nd Meeting with Chief Human Rights Commissioner

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:50 pm

FYI, our media release:

A Community Group because successive governments have neglected the voice and welfare of New Zealand men

Media Release

Human Rights Commission Agrees Men’s Rights are Important Too

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford has emphasized that human rights for males are as important as those for women and other groups.

A meeting in December 2015 between Mr Rutherford and representatives of NZ men’s groups and services identified areas in which men’s human rights have been neglected in NZ. The meeting recognized that in the drive to improve rights for women and other groups traditionally seen as disadvantaged, men’s welfare has been forgotten.

At a follow-up meeting in February 2016 plans were considered to include men’s issues in future reports to the UN about New Zealand’s human rights record.

Spokesman for one of the groups involved, Hans Laven from community group the Ministry of Men’s Affairs (MoMA) described the meetings as ‘historic’.

‘It’s reassuring that our HRC through Mr Rutherford has acknowledged that men and boys are in trouble as shown by high suicide and imprisonment rates, and that gender equity is as much a human right for men as for women’ Mr Laven said.

Other men’s issues seen as needing attention included gender inequality in sentencing and treatment under our justice system and family court, gender-specific laws that disadvantage men, the provision of refuge and other support services for men, and the need to evaluate new laws for their impact on men’s rights and welfare as much as women’s.

Another men’s representative who attended, Craig Jackson, said that NZ has an opportunity to once again lead the world in addressing a neglected area of human rights for half the nation’s population, just as it did a century ago regarding women’s suffrage.

Thu 17th March 2016

Why Have a ‘Positive Women’ Campaign for HIV?

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:00 am

In the news yesterday was a video of Carolyn Brooker ‘explaining’ why she is supporting a campaign called ‘Positive Women’ after losing her daughter to AIDS. From the Positive Women campaign: “We aim to provide a support network for women and families living with HIV or AIDS”. A 2010 review of services supporting those with HIV quoted Positive Women also describing their mission as being “to identify ways to empower women to go forward’. (more…)

Wed 16th March 2016

Radio NZ Breached Broadcasting Standard

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:46 pm

FYI, our media release:

A Community Group because successive governments have neglected the voice and welfare of New Zealand men
PO Box 13130, Tauranga 3141
Contact Hans Laven (07)5712435 or (0274)799745; hans@xnet.co.nz
or Kerry Bevin (021)269 8353

Media Release: 07 March 2016

Radio NZ Careless about Domestic Violence Figures

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has upheld a complaint that Radio NZ broadcast incorrect statistics about family violence deaths. The incorrect figures claimed that more than twice as many women than men are being killed by family members in New Zealand. Authoritative figures show that almost as many men are killed as women.

Radio NZ relied on old figures published by the Ministry for Social Development that were unreferenced as to their origin. The BSA found that Radio NZ did not take reasonable efforts to ensure their broadcast was accurate. The BSA noted that Radio NZ also ignored a listener’s efforts to point out the figures were wrong.

Hans Laven from community group the Ministry of Men’s Affairs (MoMA) also criticized the Ministry for Social Development for continuing to publish the misleading figures.

‘I have written several times to the Ministry for Social Development (MSD) asking them to amend their figures to make clear they are not current and may never have been accurate, but MSD replied they are happy to keep publishing them’ Mr Laven said.

Mr Laven accused both Radio NZ and MSD of failing in their social responsibility by spreading misinformation that discounts male victims and harms NZ men.

Mr Laven warned that efforts to reduce family violence would be unsuccessful unless based on a realistic understanding of the problem. He called for Radio NZ to issue a correction and an apology to the many male victims of domestic violence.

Sun 13th March 2016

Men’s High Imprisonment Just Because They’re Bad

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Gender Politics,General,Law & Courts — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 7:34 pm

The headline item on One News today was about a group of lawyers who asked the Waitangi Tribunal to hear a case that high Maori imprisonment and reimprisonment rates reflect racism. The Tribunal has fast-tracked an urgent hearing to deal with this travesty.

The elephant in the room of course is that the difference between male vs female imprisonment and reimprisonment rates is much greater than any racial differences. So it seems that high Maori imprisonment rates are due to racism but high male rates are because men are just bad bastards.

We know that the only gender-specific laws in NZ discriminate against men, such that an assault committed by a man towards a woman has twice the punishment for exactly the same assault committed by a woman, and that deliberately killing a baby or young child can only lead to a murder prosecution and punishment for men while women have their own special crime for this providing a maximum of three years imprisonment, rarely given. However, we’re not aware of any race-specific law that similarly discriminates against Maori. We also know that good research has shown significant anti-male sexism in our justice system regarding prosecutions and sentencing, but is there similar evidence that Maori are more likely to be charged more often and sentenced more harshly than other races for the same crimes? Never mind, as was the case for the UN ‘special rapporteur’ who came to NZ about two years ago to bemoan our racist society, sexism disadvantaging men is fine and can be ignored.

Sat 12th March 2016

The Gender-Bender

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 5:16 am

This is part of a post from A Voice For Men

Lies Men Are Fed

Section: “There is no “I’ in team”

This aphorism is used to promote selflessness and sacrifice in the common interest. Those that typically end up sacrificing the most are men. It is a false platitude exactly because every member of a team isn’t equally useful, ever.

Are the men that bring in all the new business at a large multi-national corporation as valuable as the women in the HR and compliance departments processing trumped up sexual harassment cases and making sure everyone has their top button done up? Are all the men that bring in new business equal? Of course not; there are star performers there are grunts, and there is dead wood.

To me, this is where we derail ourselves both as men and socially, but an excellent example of how the Gender-War has become a Gender-Bender.

This concept of men, suggests that their finer qualities should be arrogance, selfishness and greed. As a social model, the end game, can only be a failure, because it sets men up to fail.

You take away their freedom, their opportunity to learn and grow, and to build an identity.

It comes about by ridiculous comparisons to try to re-establish male identity, and confusing the process of business that gives a man his job and that opportunity, not an opportunity.

As for the ‘I’ in team. Every ‘I’ should have a clear understanding of what is required of him.

Some will fail.
Some will be slower than others.
Some may be promoted past their level of competence.
Some will shine.

If male leaders can’t understand why sensible women would rail against the concept being promoted in this article by a Voice For Men, then I think we (men) really do have a problem.

If this is the American Way, the way A Voice for Men wants to go, Menz should seriously reconsider its promotion of this organisation.

To put it bluntly, this is not a voice for men, and it is the lie we are being told.

Fri 11th March 2016

Common Ground

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 8:01 pm

There’s a story here, perhaps it’s a little off topic for men’s issues, but it does relate to fathers.

There was a dread of course that I could just as easily be another phone call to the control room, which fortunately never happened, or I could be the one making that phone call, and that was never far from my mind.

Wed 9th March 2016

A Hate Story

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:37 am

Her father was a man in uniform. That’s what she longed for, a husband just like him.

She found him, the one she wanted, and was immediately pregnant.

He didn’t mind the sex, but he wasn’t ready for a wife.

She never saw him again and aborted their child.

She liked male attention, (more…)

Fri 4th March 2016

Flat-line Editing

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 7:15 am

Have you heard of flat-line editing before?

Neither have I, but here is how I see it working. (Following on from Deconstructing Feminism)

Flat line across the page, with a zone above and below the line. The flat line is the line of incompetence. Walking along this line should get you fired for incompetence in the role.

Above the line is all things good, the professional zone – factual, accurate etc. – the things we would expect from an editor. Below the line is not the opposite; It is not all things bad

Below the line (more…)

Thu 3rd March 2016

Deconstructing Feminism

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 8:24 am

This post follows on from End The Gender War.

If I was to put Feminism in an ideological/political category, I’d go for totalitarian, and for that reason you cannot be ‘a man’ in a society of this nature. That eventually is completely taken away from you, and you only need look at some of the young males who are a product of our society today, to see this as a reality.

In the previous post I said:

If you do not understand your enemy, you put yourself at a great disadvantage.

What was the starting point that Feminism adopted? (more…)

Wed 2nd March 2016

End the Gender War

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 1:36 pm

There are many battle fronts against Feminism in this Gender War, but rarely do we see visible weapons and we struggle to recognise the source of the violence, this creeping violence, this increasing violence, this social violence that plagues our society, seemingly without explanation.

Without explanation, or by concealing the explanation, of course men will get the blame, we always do.

For men Feminism is (more…)

Tue 1st March 2016

The Vulnerable Children Act: another law that discriminates against men.

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:04 pm

The Vulnerable Children Act (2014) requires regulated organisations receiving any government funding to assess the risk of all employees applying for jobs working with children, and every three years all existing employees who work with children. The assessment includes police vetting on each occasion. (more…)

The “I’m Cranky” Speech

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 2:35 pm

Many years ago Australian Lawyer Michael Green came to New Zealand to promote his book.

I don’t recall the name of the book, but I do recall the speech he gave in Wellington.

The “I’m Cranky” speech. (more…)

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