New Zealand Grants Domestic Violence Paid Leave

       On July 25, New Zealand Parliament passed a law creating specific paid leave for victims of domestic violence, a measure designed to help them escape their homes. The leave must allow victims to end the violence and get help without fear of losing their jobs. “It’s a win for the victims, a win for the employers and a win for the society,” said Jan Logie, a politician and a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. She is also a member of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. The law was voted 63 votes to 57. Statistics show that New Zealand is one of the developed countries most affected by domestic violence. The homicide rate committed in the family is, per capita, more than twice as high as in Australia, Canada or Great Britain. New Zealand has long been a pioneer in defending women’s rights. In 1893 it was the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote. Prior to New Zealand, the Philippines had already created a ten-day leave in 2004 for victims of domestic violence. Congratulations New Zealand! 

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