Women’s leadership in Kazakhstan: the higher the level of decision-making the lower representation of women
April 20. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
Astana hosted an international conference on “Women’s Leadership in the conditions of social and economic modernization in Kazakhstan”.
The purpose of the conference is to present the work carried out by the Government of Kazakhstan and international partners on promoting women’s leadership in Kazakhstan and discussion of future prospects.
As of today, women in the Government of Kazakhstan are represented as 3 – Ministers, 4 – Vice-ministers, 6 – Executive Secretaries. Among the deputy akims – 5 women. In local executive bodies there are 2607 political civil servants, of which only 282 or 10.8% are women. Of the 298 administrative officials of the central apparatus, only 26 or 8.7% – are women. At the same time, the proportion of women among all public servants is 58.9%. The main conclusion: the higher the level of decision making, the lower representation of women, the press service of the UNDP in Kazakhstan said.
These and other realities of women’s leadership in Kazakhstan were discussed within the frames of the international conference. The conference was attended by members of the National Commission for Women and Family-Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, deputies of Parliament, representatives of central and local government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, and mass media.
During the conference the results of the joint project of UNDP and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on strengthening the capacity of the National Commission for Women and Family-Demographic Policy under the President were summed up, and new areas in the promotion of gender equality in Kazakhstan were identified.
The event was organized by the National Commission for Women and Family-Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan jointly with the United Nations Development Programme.