Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae (proper) and outgoing Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae (left) participate in a Cabinet assembly at Government Complex Seoul on Jan. 5. (Yonhap)
On the again of the present administration’s coverage since 2017 favoring better gender steadiness amongst ministers, South Korea overtook the US and another developed nations in phrases of the percentage of girls occupying ministerial posts, in line with the most recent comparability from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
As of 2019, girls made up 22.2 p.c of Korea’s authorities ministers. This in contrast favorably with 21.7 p.c within the US, 21.7 p.c within the UK, 21.4 p.c in Australia and 5.3 p.c in Japan.
Nevertheless, Korea lagged far behind the OECD common of 31.2 p.c, coming in at No. 29 among the many 37 members of the Paris-based group.
Among rising economies, Colombia ranked third with 52.9 p.c, Mexico ninth with 42.1 p.c, Slovakia 14th with 35.7 p.c, Estonia fifteenth with 35.7 p.c, Chile seventeenth with 34.8 p.c, Latvia nineteenth with 30.8 p.c and the Czech Republic twenty second with 28.6 p.c.
(Graphic by Kim Sun-young/The Korea Herald)
“Korea temporarily ranked above the US in the female minister percentage. But, unlike the Trump administration, the Biden administration has nominated a higher portion of women as Cabinet members (who are to undergo confirmation hearings in Congress),” stated a political commentator in Seoul.
In April 2017, when Moon was a presidential candidate, he stated he would try for a 50-50 gender ratio, with 9 girls and 9 males in cost of the nation’s 18 ministries by the tip of his tenure.
His Cabinet was launched in May that yr with girls occupying 27.7 p.c of the ministerial posts, and with hopes of increasing that determine step by step till it reached 50 p.c.
Over the previous 3 1/2 years President Moon has appointed 12 female ministers, together with outgoing Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and former Land Minister Kim Hyun-mee.
The others included Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae, outgoing Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae, former SMEs Minister Park Young-sun, former Employment Minister Kim Young-joo, Gender Equality Minister Chung Young-ai and Environment Minister Han Jeoung-ae.
But the determine is ready to slip to 16.6 p.c — solely three ministers — as a result of Cabinet reshuffle in latest weeks.
Some political observers say the Moon administration might have had issue discovering appropriate female candidates inside the current pool of civil servants, the place males are likely to advance disproportionately to the best ranks.
One on-line commenter stated “filling some minister posts with female politicians from the president’s party of origin could not be meaningful progress. The nation should foster female senior civil servants with expertise and careers of about 30 years.”
A second commenter stated it was now not a matter of the “glass ceiling” as Korea is one of the few nations to have elected a female president. “Rather than the numeral obsession for a higher proportion of women, personnel policy should be focused on qualifications, whether they are men or women.”
By Kim Yon-se (email@example.com)