We note that the Ministry for Women received an increase of 1.9% in this year’s budget.
Compare that to a number of government agencies that lost funding despite providing apparently worthwhile roles such as:
Ministry for the Environment: reduced by 14.9%;
Ministry for Primary Industries: reduced by 12.9%;
Serious Fraud Office: reduced by 12.7%;
Ministry of Transport: reduced by 4.4%;
Ministry for Pacific Peoples: reduced by 4.3%;
Te Puni Kokiri: reduced by 3.7%.
Compared with these agencies, it’s difficult to see any useful role for the Minstry for Women nowadays. We would challenge anyone to come up with a single right that men have but women don’t. The Ministry has previously said that gender pay equity is its remaining goal, but they bring to the issue their erroneous beliefs and ineffective proposed solutions.
Of course, we could hardly expect any reduction for this women’s ministry from a government led by the ‘Labia Party’ who chose its candidates on the basis of female genitalia before merit.
It’s difficult to find out what this Ministry has cost us since its inception in 1984. We estimate that it amounts to around $200 million of our hard-earned taxes. In our visit a few years ago to the Ministry’s central Wellington office suite we found only women and an overtly gay male working there. There is no government body giving voice to men’s needs and concerns or checking legislation to protect men’s rights and welfare. Is this hypocrisy really what NZ really needs as ethical leadership?