WEPs Team - Women's Empowerment Principles


Chair of the New Zealand WEPs committee

Vicky Mee joined the New Zealand WEPs committee as a representative from Business and Professional Women NZ (BPW) in 2013. Since becoming the chair of the committee in 2016 she is working closely with the great team of women who form the WEPs NZ committee to grow the signatory base and promote the principles. The collaboration between the five partner organisations ensures that the WEPS are effectively promoted using the influence and skills within each organization.

As Chair Vicky wants to ensure that all signatories gain value from their involvement in WEPs and that the communication lines between the signatories and our administrator and board are strengthened.

Vicky is also President of BPW New Zealand and a member of the Pay Equity Coalition Auckland.


Chief Executive, Diversity Works New Zealand

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie has been in the Chief Executive seat at Diversity Works New Zealand (formerly the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust) since 2012 following roles in marketing and relationship management across both private and public sector and a time running her own business. 

Bev believes that to bring out the best in diverse individuals and teams we need to cultivate a workplace culture that values difference and makes the most of everyone's talents; an approach that values the transmission of valuable knowledge and experience from one generation to another, from one culture to another, and from one team to another.

She brings important experience from her previous roles, appreciating the challenges of diversity in large, complex business environments but also recognising the importance and value of creating environments that foster diversity of thought. 

Past roles include marketing and consultancy for the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network, and Corporate Marketing Manager for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.


Governor Zonta International District 16

Janet joined the WEPS Committee in July 2016 as a representative from Zonta International District 16 (Zonta) when she became the District Governor for New Zealand. Zonta is an organisation of 30,000 members in 66 countries working together to improve the lives of women and girls.

Internationally Zonta supports the goals and mission of the WEPs. Locally becoming a partner on the WEPs committee provides an opportunity for Zonta to work with like-minded organisations to engage with businesses to promote women’s empowerment and equality.

For Zonta being a partner on the WEPs Committee provides an exciting opportunity to influence positive change for women in the workplace.


Zonta District 16 (NZ)

Janette Irvine became a member of the UN WEPs committee in 2016 when Zonta District 16 (NZ) was invited to become a partner on the committee and she was then the District Governor for Zonta. She has a background in medicine, as a general practitioner for 35 years before retiring in 2016. Medical interests included obstetrics and other aspects of women’s health, quality assurance and GP assessment.

She has been a member of the Zonta Club of Rotorua for 26 years, served six years on the District 16 Board, as District Governor 2014-16, with a continuing interest in advocacy on women’s issues. Zonta’s mission of “Empowering Women through Service and Advocacy” fits well with the work of the WEPs committee, which is supported by the 28 Zonta clubs throughout NZ.


Human Rights Commissioner

Jackie is a Human Rights Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and has the Equal Employment Opportunities and Women’s Rights portfolio.
Jackie has a strong commitment to advancing the participation of women in society and is the Commission's lead on stopping violence against women.
In the Equal Employment Opportunities portfolio, Jackie is committed to progressing human rights and issues of equity, particularly those that affect equal employment opportunities. She has identified youth unemployment and underachievement in Māori and Pacific communities as particular areas of concern. Jackie is also working closely on fair pay for carers and pay equity.
Jackie first came to prominence when she pioneered the role of breast physicians in the late 1990s. In 2005 she was elected as a List Member of Parliament and was in this role till June 2013 when she joined the Human Rights Commission. As a Member of Parliament, Jackie chaired three cross party parliamentary committees, all of which had a focus on human rights and in particular women’s human rights in the Pacific Islands.


UN WEP’s Administrator 2016

It is a very exciting opportunity to be the administrator of UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and to participate in improving the quality of life for women, men, family and communities.

Gen is looking forward to working with everyone to help make a more stable and better future for us all. She will do her absolute best for you and is always open to suggestions and there to answer any questions. 

Gen has recently completed the Massey University Executive MBA and also works as a Business Studies and Economics teacher. She has worked with young women in education for a number of years, as well as consulting in education in the Middle East. There are only positives and benefits of helping all women become empowered to achieve the goals they are capable of.

Looking forward to working with you all.