03 May 2016
Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
Melanie Hughes, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Jose Cruz-Osorio, Team Leader, Responsive and Accountable Institutions, UNDP
Ensuring gender equality in public institutions starts with gathering strong data. Photo: UNDP Azerbaijan
The bad news first: we don’t know the exact state of gender equality in the world’s public institutions. The good news: once we begin monitoring this, it will be harder to ignore inequalities in the public service, which we anecdotally know exist on a global scale.
The Sustainable Development Goals have thrust us into a data revolution and we have impetus to make sure it is a gendered revolution. Inclusive governance is at the core of SDG 16 on peaceful and just societies. And so, SDG 16 has set out to measure the composition of public institutions. Without this information, governments will not have the evidence necessary for designing policies that foster equal access to and opportunities within public administration.