Honourable Cathy Bennett is currently the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Cathy Bennett has had a tremendously successful business career before entering provincial politics in 2014. She has been extensively involved in the charitable and community sectors and is the vice chair of Ronald McDonald House and the former chair of the Capital Campaign to build its St. John’s facility. She has also served as the Chairperson of the St. John’s Board of Trade and the Governor of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.
Women’s Policy Office is located within Executive Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Government and was established in 1985 to develop and expedite Government policies and programs to enhance the social and economic status of women. Staff reporting to the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women:
- Support the development of programs and policies to advance the status of women in the province.
- Ensure that the impact on women of all legislation, policies and programs is brought to the attention of the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Cabinet Committees and departments.
- Monitor and review programs and other activities of government departments and agencies to ensure compliance and conformity with the government policy of improving the status of women.
- Liaise with provincial government departments and agencies, other governments and advisory councils and women’s organizations on all issues affecting women.
For more information on Women's Policy Office, please visit their website.