Low representation of women in executive positions in public service

Women’s presence in decision-making positions in the public service does not exceed 2% of all women’s officials, President of the Public Service’s General Committee Mohamed Cherif said.

Speaking at a national conference held Friday in Tunis on “Roadmap: Which role for Tunisian women in achieving development, peace and security?,” he added that this presence is very low and does not reflect the objectives of the development plan that provides for enhancing women’s participation in the country’s economy so as to achieve the desired progress.

The number of women in executive positions amounts today to 33% compared to 25% before 2010, he added at this meeting held on the celebration of the National Women’s Day celebrated each year on August 13.

This increase is still not sufficient, he said, highlighting the need to joint all stakeholders’ efforts to further strengthen the presence of women in executive positions and their participation in the development process.

Women, Family and Childhood Minister Naziha Laabidi estimated, for her part, that women’s situation in Tunisia is not catastrophic, since they play a major role in the society despite certain shortcomings that need to be overcome so as to achieve total gender equality.

National Programme Officer for UN Women in Tunisia Hela Skhiri said the meeting helped develop a roadmap in order to implement a national programme aiming to activate the Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000).

Resolution 1325 reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and peace-building.

It further affirms the commitment to take the necessary measures to guarantee the protection of women and stresses that any action aiming to promote peace and security should take into account the imperatives of gender equality and offer women the chances of equal and full participation.

According to the resolution, it is necessary to increase women’s participation in making decisions at all levels.

The conference’s programme includes three workshops on the following themes: “women in decision-making and executive positions,” women’s role in security, stability and social peace,” and “discriminatory laws.”



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