Angara laments low number of women in civil service leadership posts

The number of women holding decision-making positions in the civil service remains at a low 35 per cent despite the five-year implementation of a law that mandates an equal sharing of the supervisory roles by men and women within a five-year  period, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said today.

Angara, principal author of the Magna Carta of Women, said that when this law took effect in 2009, hopes were high that the 50-50 percent sharing of leadership roles  in civil  service would be observed.

“I am deeply worried over the law’s failure to  ensure equal sharing of leadership roles in the civil service,” Angara said.

“The Magna Carta of Women has to be a breathing, living law, fully implemented and fully operational,” he said.

Angara noted that 74 per cent of all technical positions in the civil service are held by women who can not seem to break out of the technical positions to advance into leadership roles.

The Magna Carta of Women principally seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women in any setting, at any work place, and under all  social and economic circumstances, said the Harvard-trained lawyer.

“Filipino women should have their Sheryl Sandberg moment. They should break out of their minor roles in government or the economic mainstream and get their pole-vaults into leadership positions ,” he added.

Angara  was referring to the Facebook chief operating officer who just wrote a book titled “Lean In”  which is  essentially about women advancing in the corporate world.

He said that while they have been strides in the many areas of gender equality, still much has to be done.

On the positive side, Angara said the Philippines ranked first in Asia and eight in the world in terms of gender equality in the 2012 World Economic Forum survey that covered 135 countries. The Philippine scored high on the twin benchmarks of education and health.

“But the gender gaps still persists in the areas of employment rates and economic participation,” Angara said.

Angara has been lauded by several women’s groups for authoring the Magna Carta of Women and his push for gender equality at schools, in the work place, in the military, and in just about all social, political and economic undertakings.

The Magna Carta of Women, which lists down a comprehensive “Bill of Rights” for women, affirms the role of women in nation building and the mandate of the state to promote and ensure gender equality.#