I am woman, hear me roar
ACT wants to scrap the Ministry of Women's Affairs. I`ve mentioned this a bit in the blog as I actually think it's a good idea. So does Don Brash and a few National types, apparently.
It’s a better idea than setting up a Ministry for Men's Affairs, as John Tamihere wants to do to even things up a little. What good is the Ministry of Women's Affairs doing anyway - apart from keeping about 24 people employed.
The Ministry was set up as a vehicle for policy analysis and advice to government organisations, and a way of changing New Zealanders' negative attitudes to women and children. It also wants to get more women into work, despite many working women chosing to work out of necessity rather than choice. Since 2000, more and more money is being pumped into this Ministry while more and more women are being abused, raped, splitting with their partner, having affairs, and living as sole parents - not to mention being featured in R-rates films that are getting scrutiny from the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards. And what has the Ministry got to say about all that. Yeah, I don`t know either.
The Women's Affairs Ministry is a relic of another age.
If it is good enough for the Ministry of Youth Affairs to be incorporated into the Ministry of Social Development, it is good enough for the research component of the Women's Affairs Ministry to go the same way, and the rest of it can be swallowed up by the Human Rights Commission.
In any case we have enough ministries, departments and spokespeople for affairs: Ethnic Affairs, Maori Affairs, Rural Affairs, Youth Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs - and National has discussed an Asian Affairs Ministry. We don`t need a Men's Affairs Ministry. Next thing they`ll want a Ministry to control the media and call it Current Affairs.