Labour MP Louisa Wall who championed the bill to legalise same-sex marriage in 2013 has been appointed Pacific gender equality ambassador.
Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta made the announcement yesterday. She says, “Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to lifting our engagement with our Pacific partners on gender equality.”
The newly established diplomatic role will establish new partnerships and programmes that support the full and effective participation by women and LGBTQI+, and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life in the Pacific.
Minister Mahuta says the role will have a key focus on identifying partnerships and new activities to support Pacific Sports Diplomacy.
Ms Wall who represented New Zealand in Rugby and Netball called time on her 14 year career in parliament last month.
Minister Mahuata adds, “this role will have a key focus on identifying partnerships and new activities to support Pacific Sports Diplomacy,“
Louisa is a strong advocate for girls and women’s rights and is passionate about human rights and equality. Her extensive experience in community engagement, sports diplomacy, LGTBQI+ rights, and women’s participation, make her uniquely suited as our Ambassador for regional engagement on these issues,” says Mahuta.
Ms Wall is set to start the new role in May.