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.