District 16, as part of WEPs Committee in New Zealand honors Zontian’s firm for initiatives in workplace

22 September 2017

District 16, as part of WEPs Committee in New Zealand honors Zontian’s firm for initiatives in workplace

The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Committee in New Zealand, in which District 16 is a participating organization, recently held their White Camellia Awards, in which a Zontian's firm was recognized.

The White Camellia Awards are designed to showcase gender equality in the workplace, and those organizations that are taking positive steps to ensure New Zealand workplaces are fair and equal and offer the opportunity to succeed.  Now in their fifth year, they acknowledge organizations that have made progress in implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

The Awards are held on 19 September, Women’s Suffrage Day.  This day commemorates New Zealand being the first country to award women the right to vote, 124 years ago.

The Awards are organized by the WEPs Committee in New Zealand which is made up of five participating organizations – Zonta District 16 is one of the five, together with UN Women Aotearoa.  There are currently 52 organizations (mainly businesses) who have signed up to the principles in New Zealand and this means that they are committed to implementing the seven principles.  

The Awards  also recognize businesses who have made progress and/or have good initiatives in each of the principles.  District 16 Lt. Governor Souella Cumming was a part of the award ceremony as her firm, KPMG was the winner of the WEPs Principle 2: Treat all women and men fairly at work - respect and support human rights and non-discrimination.  This is the first time her firm entered the White Camellia Awards. She said they are really pleased to be recognized for the progress they’ve made in a number of areas including their Flex@work and Family@work policies and pay equity reviews, among other things. 

Also in attendance was Past International President Lynn McKenzie, former District 16 Governor Janette Irvine and Zonta International Board Member Hsin-Hsin Yang.  Souella was also in attendance on behalf of current District 16 Governor, Janet Hope who was not able to attend.

More information can be found at https://unwomen.org.nz/tags/white-camellia-awards