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Disband the Ministry of PC Women

Disband the Ministry of PC Women

ACT Women's Affairs Spokesman Heather Roy today used the eve of "International Women's Day" to slate the Government-initiated 'Action Plan for Women' and to call for the disbandment of the Ministry of Women's Affairs.

"The Minister of Women's Affairs Ruth Dyson calls the draft "Action Plan for Women" one of the most "exciting" developments in her portfolio. In reality this document is the most politically correct, patronising drivel this Government has ever created.

"Women with large families are treated with patronising sympathy, mothers are told they need a "closer relationship" with the Government (rather than with the fathers of their children), and Maori women are told that their education is "incomplete" if they haven't been totally prepared to "interact with te ao Maori".

"Reading this document, one doesn't gain the empowering belief that women can do anything - which they can. Instead, one gains the frightening impression that women should and must do everything, or we have let down our sisters.

"It takes sixteen pages for the word "man" to even appear in this document. It should be titled: "Feminism: The Great Screaming Lie That Women Can Do Everything.

"What this document says is that women should have equal representation with men in every male-dominated field. Why haven't they called on men to increase their representation in the field of nursing?

"The Equal Pay Act 1972 was the only useful act the Ministry of Women's Affairs has accomplished. This document shows why the best thing that could happen for women in New Zealand is for that Ministry to disband," Mrs Roy said.

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