Australia and New Zealand’s foreign ministers reiterate commitment to gender equality, SRHR

Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, met in Wellington, New Zealand, to discuss a range of issues including development assistance.

Mahuta and Payne released a joint statement that reiterated the importance of promoting gender equality and more women in leadership in the Pacific. They emphasized the need for more initiatives on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

This was the first meeting undertaken under the new quarantine-free safe travel bubble set up on April 19, 2021, between Australia and New Zealand. It was also the first time that both New Zealand and Australia were represented by female foreign ministers.

Press release - Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs