At the Bejing Women's World Conference, a target of 30 per cent of women in Public Administration was established. In the 17 years since that World Conference, the numbers have been slow to change and some governments have made concerted efforts to increase women's participation in Public Administration. The panel of representatives from Cameroon, Denmark and South Africa shared strategies and challenges in this important work. Additionally, research was shared showing statistically the impact of focused initiatives on gender representation in Public Administration. The common thread in all the shared successful initiaitves was political will and support for change.
For democratic governments to be truly democratic, there needs to be gender equality and representation.
Barb Dolan is the CEP Ontario Region Administrative Vice-President