Ministry for Women

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The Ministry of Women’s Affairs,  Te Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine,  is the Government’s principal advisor on achieving better results for women, and wider New Zealand. The Ministry has three priority areas: greater economic independence, more women in leadership and increased safety from violence. 

 The Ministry’s main responsibilities are: 

  • Policy advice on improving outcomes for women in New Zealand 
  • Managing New Zealand’s international 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 of Women’s Affairs 

 

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Research projects

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Completed
Nov 2017
This qualitative research study presents young  New Zealanders’ experiences of digital harm in their own words. The research aims to better understand young people’s online behaviour and experiences of digital harm, provide a gendered understanding of digital harm, and identifies promising directions for providers to prevent and reduce digital harm, for parents and providers,...
Completed
2016
Minister for Women Louise Upston has submitted the Government’s latest report to the United Nations on New Zealand’s efforts to eliminate discrimination against women. New Zealand is required to periodically report on the country’s performance under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This is the eighth report New Zealand has provided since...
Completed
Aug 2015
Getting it done shares what the Ministry and its Canterbury partners have learnt over the past two years. Following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, data showed a significant negative impact on women’s employment in Canterbury. This report discusses how the work of the Ministry and its partners has led to increasing numbers of women training and working in trades in Canterbury. This report...
Completed
2015
Primary prevention of violence against women is an approach that seeks to stop violence against women before it occurs in the first place.  It is an internationally emerging field of practice with a growing evidence base about what works.  However, research on how it is understood and how effective it is in diverse cultural contexts is limited.  Māori women are twice as likely...
Completed
Mar 2014
This paper looks at improving the economic independence of women with low or no qualifications; women who are not in education, training or employment; and Māori and Pacific women.
Completed
2014
This paper proposes that work cultural changes are needed to increase opportunities for women to achieve at the highest level, and stop them from dropping out of the ‘leadership pipeline’. The research identifies three barriers to women continuing to advance their careers at the same rate as men. These barriers have been identified as:  unconscious bias against women taking up...
Completed
Oct 2013
Increasing the safety of women, so they live without fear of violence, is a priority for the Ministry. The focus of primary prevention is on stopping violence against women and girls before it occurs so they have better futures and lives. Primary prevention is an emerging field of practice in New Zealand. This paper highlights growing international evidence that violence against women is...
Completed
Sep 2013
Leadership talent is in short supply in New Zealand and globally. Yet at every successive management level significant proportions of talented women drop out or their career stalls. This is the leaking talent pipeline. This report examines how three factors create barriers to women’s career progression and contribute to the loss of leadership talent. 
Commissioned
7 Jul 2013
This study explores the changing gender diversity trends on New Zealand corporate boards. A literature review presents domestic and international governance diversity statistics, as well as a thorough summary of the research into the commercial benefits of board diversity and the identified barriers and solutions (on both the supply and demand sides) to achieving it. 
Commissioned
Jan 2013
This report, prepared by NZIER, describes the drivers of changes in the economic returns to women’s skills over the past 30 years and considers how these drivers may affect returns to women’s skills over the next 10 to 15 years. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs undertook research in 2011 and 2012 to identify the economic returns from women’s skills both now and into the future. This...

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