The government announced the reform of the government organization law to include the 'abolition of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family', which was also a presidential campaign promise of President Yoon Seok-yeol.

Major functions of the Ministry of Leisure, such as youth, family and gender equality, will be created and transferred to the Deputy Minister-level 'Population and Family Gender Equality Headquarters' under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and the 'Employment of Women' functions will be transferred to the Ministry of Employment and Labor.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will be upgraded to the Ministry of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs and will also create an Office of Overseas Koreans under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The government is in a position to rush legislation, but there are several concerns about the abolition of the Ministry of Leisure.

This is reporter Yoo Deok-gi.


The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family was established in 2001 as the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to promote the rights and interests of women, children and youth.

The reason the government decided to abolish it for the first time in 21 years is because of the judgment that it has fulfilled its duty of the times.

[Lee Sang-min / Minister of Public Administration and Security: (The abolition of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family) was a major election promise of the Yun Seok-yeol administration.

It is time to shift the paradigm of women's policy, which focused on improving women's inequality

, to gender equality for both men and women.]

This is the main reason for the abolition of the Family Ministry.

286 progressive women's organizations across the country immediately protested.

He expressed concern that there could be a gap in women's policy, such as the disappearance of a ministry in charge of women-related policies and the disappearance of the authority of the State Councilor.

[Yang Yi-Hyun-Kyung / Co-CEO of Korean Women's Organizations: (Relevant related issues) should be coordinated with each government department to further strengthen the function of the leisure ministry, but it comes out whenever the approval rating continues to drop (with the abolition of the leisure ministry).]

The opposition Democratic Party of Korea did not formalize its opposition, but expressed doubts as to whether socially important issues such as gender, low birthrate, and stalking crimes would be well resolved within the deputy ministerial headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

He said that the relevant standing committee will closely examine the reform plan and determine the party's position by collecting the opinions of the people and related organizations.

The government and the ruling party are planning to expedite the amendment to the government organization law in the National Assembly, but it is expected that the National Assembly will pass the plenary session due to opposition from progressive women.

(Video coverage: Park Young-il, Yang Ji-hoon, video editing: Choi Hye-young, CG: Kim Hong-sik)