TUESDAY 17 MARCH at 6pm
Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre 2,
Pipitea Campus, Victoria University, Wellington
From 5.30pm light refreshments will be available in the Foyer, Bunny Street entrance
Recent publicity arising from the research carried out by a team from the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University has raised the issue of the continuation of women-only scholarships and grants. Recent statistics show that women are now in the majority of tertiary students at all levels.
In view of the fact that women are no longer under-represented in tertiary study, the legality of women-only scholarships was raised with the Human Rights Commission. Gender-specific awards are legal under s150 of the Human Rights Act (1993) which creates an exception for charitable instruments.
As there has been recent media coverage of this issue it was thought that a panel discussion, with audience input, would be useful to review the purpose of women-only scholarships, examine whether they continue to serve the intended purpose and to reaffirm their relevance.
Many thanks to Kassie, the acting WRO at VUWSA, for letting me know about this by email. I'm not sure who has organised it, but sounds like a good discussion!