What we do

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

Learn about the research and policies to reduce violence against women. Violence against women comes at a great cost to individuals, their families, communities, society and the economy.
Learn about the initiatives to increase the number of women in leadership positions and find out how you can develop your own governance career.
Learn about how women in New Zealand can increase their economic independence, bringing benefits to themselves and their families.

Info and resources

Read more about our work and the resources we have available.

A working paper on raising the qualifications and incomes of low income women.
This paper contributes to the New Zealand knowledge about primary prevention of violence against women.
This research presents information about an under-utilised, ‘hidden’ female labour pool in Canterbury.
This report examines the factors that create barriers to women’s career progression and contribute to the loss of leadership talent.
Register with us and get support in your governance career and notification of upcoming positions.
Find out more about preparing for governance roles and do an assessment of your governance skills.

Latest news

Read the latest news and media releases from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew has travelled to New York for the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew says the New Zealand economy will benefit when all organisations achieve greater diversity in their leadership roles.

Upcoming events

19th Sep