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Women’s National Commission

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what arrangements she has put in place to enable her to engage directly with women on issues affecting them following the winding-up of the Women's National Commission.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Following the closure of the Women's National Commission in December 2010, the Government conducted a national consultation on engagement with women. Its response, “Strengthening Women's Voices in Government” was published in November 2011 together with a written ministerial statement. The Government has committed to an engagement programme with women which prioritises direct ministerial contact rather than through an intermediary non-elected body. The programme is managed from within the Government Equalities Office and works with other Government Departments and the devolved administrations. Its activities include:

A programme of ministerial roundtables: all three Ministers for Women and Equalities hold regular roundtables discussions with individual women and women's organisations.

Bi-monthly women's engagement newsletter: our online newsletter is sent to over 2,000 organisations that represent women, with a combined potential reach of 1 million women

Stakeholder meetings: there are frequent meetings to consult and engage with women on areas of particular priority. For example, the Women's Business Council has held a series of consultative meetings, and a dedicated NGO Liaison Group is established each year to ensure close co-ordination in the run-up to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

The new approach is well established, understood and largely appreciated by our stakeholders. Over the coming year we plan to increase our reach to those women who are under-represented through the current channels, through a programme of social and digital engagement.


Women's Engagement Newsletter:


Consultation response: Strengthening Women's Voices:


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Douglas Milnes
Posted on 31 Jul 2013 4:27 pm (Report this annotation)

Although women are the majority voter, at the time of this statement there are no Ministers for Men; there is no programme in place for discussion with men or men's organisations and no newsletter for the minority-sex voter. At the time of this statement, there are no plans for any such equality for men.