The Ministry for Women, Te Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine, is the Government’s principal advisor on achieving better results for women, and wider New Zealand. The Ministry has four priority areas: more women in education and training; utilising women's skills; more women in leadership and keeping women free from violence.
The Ministry’s main responsibilities are:
- Policy advice on improving outcomes for women in New Zealand
- Managing New Zealand’s international reporting obligations in relation to the status of women
- Providing suitable women nominees for appointment to state sector boards and committees
- Providing support services to the Minister for Women.
The Ministry carries out its work by acting as a catalyst for action and change, and by getting key issues on the agenda of government agencies and other relevant organisations. The Ministry provides accessible, evidence-based information to inform and assist others. The Ministry is strongly solutions-focused, with advice that is tailored and persuasive. The Ministry carries out its work by bringing the voices, experiences and priorities of different groups of New Zealand women to government. It also works closely with other government agencies, women’s non‑government organisations and stakeholders within the private sector. The Ministry’s work will bring benefits to women, their families and New Zealand as a whole.
The Minister for Women is Hon Paula Bennett. She is also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for State Services, Tourism, Police, and Climate Change Issues.
The Ministry for Women also provides policy and administrative support to the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women ('the Council'). The Council is an independent advisory body to the Minister for Women on matters related to women’s employment.
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