In human rights, Professor Judy McGregor has a rich history of activity backing her academic work and helping to make a difference.
Her areas are human rights, gender equality, human rights and journalism, the rights to decent work, equal pay and pay equity and the rights of older people. She also works on women’s representation and participation in professional, public, political and community life.
A former journalist, Professor McGregor was the first woman in Australasia to edit a major newspaper and one of a few newspaper editors to campaign against the South African rugby team (Springboks) 1981 tour of New Zealand and to walk in the 1975 Maori land march (hikoi).
She was the first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and led its campaign against electoral finance legislation that threatened freedom of expression, as well as working on strengthening parliamentary democracy, disability rights and women’s rights.
She has helped media and communication experts in other human rights institutions in the Asia Pacific region and worked in Nepal, Malaysia, Palestine, and the Maldives as well as working with journalists in Pacific states and Timor Leste. She has also worked to help Maori and Pacific journalism and was involved internationally with the International Co-ordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) on the development of the emerging human rights and business agenda.
Recently, Professor McGregor completed a three-year research project on human rights in New Zealand with Professor Margaret Wilson from the University of Waikato and human rights lawyer, Sylvia Bell. It concluded that New Zealand is regressing in areas such as child poverty, pay equity for women, and social and economic disadvantage for women.
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