Rayna Fahey is a list-only candidate for the Greens, at number 27 on the Greens party list, and is based in Melbourne. She may be more commonly known to regular readers as kakariki, or from her blog, Radical Cross Stitch. Her reply to our election survey is below, and a full index of all responses to date is over here.
The Questions & Answers
Question 1. What do you believe is currently the single biggest issue facing New Zealand women, and how would you like to address it if you are elected?
I think the single biggest immediate issue would have to be violence against women. What the Greens would do to address this issue is laid out in our answers to previously answered questions. But I think emphasis definitely has to be laid on strategies that are designed to break the cycle of domestic violence. Education around non violent conflict resolution must be part of our education system. Domestic violence behaviour doesn't start at the beginning of a relationship, it starts long before that. I am definitely concerned about the connections between domestic violence and schoolyard violence.
The Green Party combined response to Questions 2 - 9 (inclusive) can be found here.
Question 11. Do you have any further comments that you wish to make about the role of women in our society? Please feel free to share your thoughts here.
Without writing an essay... I am concerned that the feminist movement stumbled along the way with this obsession about equality. Sure, the right for women to have equal access to society is important, but I believe it is far from the end goal. Our society massively discriminates against women's work on an economic level. I believe we have a long way to go towards addressing the economic disadvantages women face, especially in regards to income, debt and in particular student debt, and home ownership. Both women and men will benefit from a society where women are truly liberated.
Living in Australia I often look at the differences between the countries and one thing I do see is strong women leaders, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous in Aotearoa. While there are certainly strong women leaders here, it is on a different level. I see the differences in the general cultural attitudes towards women and I do get very inspired by the examples set back home. Thinking back to the ALAC ad, I think some Hand Mirror readers would uprise in revolt if they saw some of the advertising over here... I think it's important that political parties continue to take the lead from general society and promote strong women leaders, we're all a lot better off for it.
Thanks for taking the time to ask these important questions. I don't think our politicians get asked them enough.
Rayna, who is a regular reader and commenter here and thus aware of our cupcake obsession, also provided a snap of her fave cupcakes: