Brief History

In keeping with a global response to a call by the United Nations for integration of women in development , the Women’s Bureau was established first as a women’s desk in 1980 with a staff of one-the Director.

It gradually grew to become the Women’s Bureau (with a staff of six) and to is the Bureau of Gender Affairs (staffed by five). During its existence it shifted location from Community Development and  Social Affairs in Economic Development  Unit in Prime Minister office in 1989-1991 and back to Community  Development  and Gender Affairs. 

It is the national machinery within the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs responsible for the administration of gender issues, including men and women’s affairs. 

Assisted by an Advisory Committee appointed by the Honourable Minister of Social Services, Community Development  and Gender Affairs advises on policy and plans which implemented by the Bureau.

The Bureau is gradually moving towards a more gender focus, to institutionalize gender in national policy and plans in keeping with global trends, and in view of the change from Ministry of  Community Development and Gender Affairs .