The Ministry's policy advice is focused on its four priorities of: valuing women's contributions, increasing women's representation in leadership, increasing the safety from violence of women and girls, and showcasing New Zealand internationally.
In developing policy advice, the Ministry recognises that women are diverse: their experiences, needs and priorities are not all the same. Some groups of women continue to have poorer outcomes relative to other groups. The Ministry recognises this diversity in developing its advice and identifying appropriate solutions.
The Ministry has a sharp focus on demonstrable results and monitors progress for women, particularly across its three priorities. This is to monitor the effectiveness of existing policies and other interventions, to identify emerging trends, and to provide information on the progress towards better outcomes for women.
The Ministry is also the lead agency that manages the government’s international reporting obligations in relation to the status of women. In this role it promotes and protects the interests and well-being of women in international forums, and promotes the development of domestic policy that is consistent with international responsibilities of New Zealand in relation to the status of women.