Building capacities for promoting the presence and leadership of women within public institutions at national and local levels

 

About the project: The project aims to enhance the presence and leadership of women in public institutions at national and local levels in Mauritius and Senegal, Bhutan, and Lao People’s Democratic Republic.  It will strengthen the capacity of these governments to develop and implement an action plan that prioritizes gender equality in public administration at the national and local levels and promotes women’s career progression towards leadership positions in the public sector. The project will also stimulate a South-South knowledge transfer and cross-fertilization by enhancing the awareness of a broader group of governments, such as the partnering countries of Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Zambia, on the importance of prioritizing gender equality in public administration.

 

Objective: Enhance the presence and leadership of women in public institutions at national and local levels in selected countries of the Africa and Asia regions.

 

Beneficiaries: Direct beneficiaries include high- and mid-level government officials from ministries and governmental institutions at the national and subnational levels. Indirect beneficiaries include citizens and communities at large.

 

SDG Addressed by the project: SDG 5 (5.1,5.4,5.5,5b, 5c); SDG16 (16.6, 16.7, 16.b)

 

Key accomplishments: i) Enhanced capacity of governments in the project countries to develop and implement action plans that prioritize gender parity in public administration at the national and local levels; and ii) Enhanced awareness and understanding of government officials in partnering countries on the importance of and how to prioritize gender parity in public administration. 

 

Partners: ECA, ESCAP, RCOs in the respective Countries, UNDP and UN Women

Timeframe: May 2022 - June 2024

Focus countries: Bhutan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mauritius and Senegal

Bhutan   

  • Women represent 38 percent of employees in public administration at the national level (well below the world average of 46 per cent according to UNDP data). Women's representation in decision-making positions remains low -10 per cent at executive levels in the national civil service; 11.6 per cent at the local government level. The presence of women in (middle) management positions is below-average (29 per cent). There is a low proportion of women in public administration at the local level.

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Lao People's Democratic Republic     

 

  • Women represented about 45 per cent of national civil servants in 2018 according to national data (close to the world average of 46 per cent). Yet, women hold only 17 per cent of the Director-General positions (top civil service administrative positions). Less senior decision-making levels - including those of Deputy Director-General and Head of Division - have a slightly lower disparity (19 and 24 per cent respectively). No information is available on women’s representation at the local level of government.

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Mauritius   

 

  • Women represent 29 per cent of employees in public administration (well below the world average of 46 per cent according to UNDP data). Women hold 29 per cent of senior management positions in public administration while their presence in (middle) management positions is much higher (41 per cent). No data is available on the percentage of women in top leadership positions at the national and local government level.

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Senegal   

 

  • Women represent 25 per cent of employees in public administration at the national level (well below the world average of 46 per cent according to UNDP data). Women hold 16 per cent of (middle) management positions in public administration (UNDP data). Women’s presence is more prominent in the support (46 per cent) and secretarial (80 per cent) functions. No information is available on women’s representation at the local level of government.

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Partnering countries: Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Zambia

 

For more information, please see Project Document and Fact Sheet English and French.