Our civil ser­vice a model for the world

Canada’s se­nior ser­vants clos­est to 50-50 gen­der split

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Front Page - Ryan Tu­milty

Canada’s civil ser­vice is the most gen­der-equal in the world, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

The Global Gov­ern­ment Fo­rum, which has been mea­sur­ing this stan­dard for sev­eral years, found 46.4 per cent of Canada’s se­nior civil ser­vants are women — the high­est pro­por­tion of any G20 coun­try.

Aus­tralia’s fig­ure was in sec­ond place, at only 3.3 per­cent­age points be­hind Canada’s, and has been clos­ing the gap on Canada for the last few years.

Turkey and South Korea were the only coun­tries in the sur­vey that moved back­ward, with fewer women in the se­nior ranks in 2016 than in 2015.

The fo­rum said they hope the study will bring about change in coun­tries where things weren’t mov­ing.

Robyn Ben­son, pres­i­dent of the Public Ser­vice Al­liance of Canada, said Canada has made strides, but con­sid­er­ing 54 per cent of the public ser­vice is men there is still a way to go.

She said child­care is a ma­jor is­sue for public ser­vants — and for women in any line of work — and it’s past time the gov­ern­ment did some­thing se­ri­ous to ad­dress the is­sue.

“I am a grand­mother of six and I have been lob­by­ing for child­care since my chil­dren were lit­tle,” Ben­son said.

She said this is some­thing the Trudeau gov­ern­ment should ad­dress.

“If they were re­ally se­ri­ous about women and women in the work­place and be­ing the fem­i­nist he says he is,” she said, “then one would have as­sumed this gov­ern­ment would have as­sured there was uni­ver­sal af­ford­able child­care.”

She said the gov­ern­ment’s payequity prom­ise made in the last election is still await­ing leg­is­la­tion and there is no rea­son for the wait.

“This gov­ern­ment could have done some­thing be­fore now.”

She said the public ser­vice has to be more adapt­able and ready to change.

“They need to have child­care, they need to have work­places that are con­ducive to chang­ing times and tech­nol­ogy, ” she said.

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