Last updated 13:44, July 1 2016
Human rights professor and women’s issues advocate Judy McGregor has been awarded the supreme title at the Women in Governance Awards.
The Auckland University of Technology professor recently completed a three-year research project on human rights in New Zealand.
It showed the country was regressing in areas like child poverty, pay equity and social and economic disadvantages for women.
She was also the first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.
A former journalist, McGregor was the first woman in New Zealand or Australia to edit a major newspaper, campaigned against the 1981 Springboks tour and walked in the 1975 Maori land march.
She says research has an important role in identifying and changing the low numbers of women in governance.
“I believe that benchmarking women’s progress on boards and making governance research accessible to the public is critically important. It’s a catalyst to improve gender and diversity at top tables in the public and private sectors,” she said.
The Supreme Award in Governance is presented annually at the Women in Governance Awards to a New Zealand woman who has achieved excellence in governance through a lifetime commitment to promotion, support and mentoring.