This week, the Ministry won an award for empowering women in the workplace at the 2018 New Zealand Diversity Awards.
The Diversity Awards, hosted by Diversity Works NZ, acknowledge organisations that champion diversity in the workplace.
In total, 93 nominees were up for 9 different awards and our Women’s Network was recognised with the Empowerment Award for being an employee-led initiative that promotes the interests of our women and supporting them to achieve their personal and professional goals.
The Ministry's Women’s Network was established 3 years ago and now has over 730 members across the country, with both women and men welcome to join.
Karin Schofield, Director Commissioning and Service Improvement and founder of the Women’s Network was at the gala dinner with Caitlin Melhuish and
Hayley McKenzie (Women’s Network working group members) to accept the award.
‘We’re extremely honoured to receive this award, and to be given a chance to showcase what we do,’ says Karin.
‘We wanted to establish a network that would support all our women, no matter what their role, education, age, ethnicity, or location.
‘We recognise that our women have different aspirations, different life stories, and we come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We
need to appeal to a wide range of interests and reflect the diversity of our Ministry,’ she says.
Watch the video made about the network and find out more about our winning award on the Diversity Works website.
Find out more about the Women’s network