National Council of Women of New Zealand, Christchurch Branch

The National Council of Women of New Zealand is an umbrella organization working towards gender equality in Aotearoa New Zealand. Established in 1896, it has branches throughout the country, 200 affiliated Nationally Organised Member organisations, as well individual members. Since 1896 it has worked to lead and support many initiatives that have benefited all New Zealanders and their communities. NCWNZ partnered with Research NZ to undertake a comprehensive survey of gender attitudes in New Zealand in 2017 and 2019. The NCWNZ Gender Dashboard collects, collates and analyses data to build a shared understanding of the status of all women Aotearoa New Zealand.
NCWNZ objectives include researching the needs of women and the family and collecting and distributing information of service to the community. This website provides information about research conducted by the NCWNZ Christchurch Branch directed at these goals. It includes an archive relating to research into women's experiences of the Canterbury earthquake sequence as well as research into young women's experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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1:57pm 17th May 2021

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Making the most of now: Young women's experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic
Making the most of now: Young women's experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic
Oral history interviews about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were conducted with a small group of diverse young women in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, New Zealand during late 2020 and early 2021. These young women, (aged 18 to 30 years), had also experienced the aftermath of Canterbury earthquakes (2010-2011). More recently, they were in the city at the time of the deadly attack on two Christchurch mosques in March 2019. Young women share their stories about periods of lockdown and the effects on their lives of the ongoing pandemic. The archive aso includes information about how the research was done and associated resources. High school and tertiary students, health workers, retail workers, lawyers, hairdressers, community workers and mothers talk about the effects on their wellbeing of periods of lockdown, insecurities about employment, the challenges of online learning, the responsibility to teach their children, and restrictions on interactions with family members and friends. Anxiety, depression, boredom, loss of purpose and direction, and the experience of isolation are often discussed. However, there are also stories about what women did to generate their own and others’ well-being in stressful, uncertain and challenging situations. They also reflect on how communities could better support other young women in these circumstances. The research was conducted by Dr Louise Tapper (Project Leader) and Adjunct Associate Professor Rosemary Du Plessis with the support of The Collaborative Trust and the Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women of New Zealand. An advisory group drawn from these organisations provided crucial advice at different stages of the project. A group of young women participants also advised on the development of this project. The researchers appreciate the opportunity to make this archive of interviews and research material available through the UC QuakeStudies digital archive.
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Women's Voices: Recording women's experiences of the Canterbury earthquakes
Women's Voices: Recording women's experiences of the Canterbury earthquakes
Women’s Voices is an oral history project, created by the Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women of New Zealand. Volunteers interviewed other women about their earthquake experiences and also provided brief profiles that include their own quake stories. The project has generated an archive of stories of women of different ages, backgrounds, and life experiences, who come from different areas in Christchurch and Canterbury. Some of these stories are available on UC QuakeStudies with the permission of the research participants.Interviews are still being completed and will be added to this archive as they become available. The mass media has often focused on heroic stories of rescue, the comments of decision makers, or the quake ‘victims’. This research generated women’s stories of day-to-day endurance after the quakes and the importance of families, friends, and neighbours at times of crisis. These stories document women’s contributions within workplaces, voluntary organisations and their communities in spite of ongoing emotional and financial stress, disrupted physical environments, trauma, and fear. Women talk about how their lives have changed and their hopes for Christchurch. Every woman has a unique story to tell.
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