|Bureaucracy has traditionally been a male preserve, and while
women are slowly inching their way into government positions, the number
of women at senior decision-making levels remains pathetically low. But
numbers, though powerful indicators, are not an absolute barometer of inequality.
Discrimination against women can end only when there is a sea of change in attitudes, when women's inferior status
at all levels of societyeconomic, social and politicalis recognized as
a travesty and not the norm.
Women at top levels of government worldwide by
|Women make up only 7% of ministerial positions, globally.
Even within this small percentage, they remain heavily concentrated in
the areas of social affairs, including education, health and family. The
total number of women ministers worldwide in the social category is 14%,
whereas the total for political ministerial positions in only 3%, and for
executive posts, 4%. Within the economic category, women hold 4% of ministerial
positions. They fare slightly better in the areas of law and justice, with
10% of posts.
Source: Derived from data provided by the UN Division
for the Advancement of Women, based on January 1996 information from World
Wide Government Directory, Inc.