Public governance

Draft Recommendation on Gender Equality in Public Life - Public Consultation


 ***Public consultation is now closed***

Public Consultation

There is a strong rationale for fostering gender diversity in public life. Gender diversity in public institutions – such as public administrations, parliaments, executives and courts – is particularly crucial, given its effect on people’s rights, behaviours and life choices. Indeed, trust in public institutions depends on the extent to which decision-makers reflect the composition of society, including its gender composition. Decision-making bodies that fully represent the diversity of the societies they govern are more likely to take an inclusive approach to policy and service delivery.

Yet, gender equality initiatives will only be viable if an effective governance system is put in place. This requires developing a clear, co-ordinated and government-wide strategy that can outline a course for gender equality reform; establishing strong and gender-diverse public institutions and mechanisms to ensure accountability and sustainability of gender initiatives; strengthening tools for evidence-based policy making; gathering and using reliable evidence disaggregated by gender for informed policy decisions. A good governance framework should also provide for requirements in terms of legitimacy, transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and fairness.  To help promote the quality of gender equality and mainstreaming strategies, the OECD is now preparing the draft Recommendation of the Council on Gender Equality in Public Life.

This work is still in progress at the OECD and the content may thus be subject to modifications, in particular to include the relevant comments received through the public consultation. 

The call for contributions is now closed (ended on 30 June 2015).

Who could contribute?
Everyone was free to send us their views – public officials, experts, parliamentarians, judges or in your capacity as citizens who want to make gender equality and mainstreaming strategies more effective across public institutions.

Contributions are treated as a confidential input, so your name and identifying details will not be published, although we may make a selection of comments available on our web page (anonymously) so that people can get a flavour of the type of responses we have received. 



The draft Recommendation draws together the lessons of a decade and more of work by the OECD Public Governance Committee (PGC) and its subsidiary bodies (i.e. Working Party of Public Employment and Management, the Working Party of Senior Public Sector Integrity Officials, the Working Party of the Senior Budget Officials), and the Regulatory Policy Committee, along with the contributions and insights from other areas of the OECD and of the participants of the 2014 OECD Global Forum on Public Governance “Women’s Leadership in Public Life”.

The draft Recommendation aims to provide an overarching framework of good practices across the full spectrum of public institutions, taking account in particular of the key policy recommendations of the 2014 Report “Women, Government and Policy-Making in OECD Countries: Fostering Diversity for Inclusive Growth”. It gives practical guidance for designing, implementing and improving gender equality and mainstreaming initiatives by further developing the relevant provisions of the 2013 Recommendation of the Council on Gender Equality in Employment, Education and Entrepreneurship in this area.

The overall intention is to provide a useful reference tool for governments around the world seeking to address challenges and identify good practices related to fostering gender diversity in public life. It offers valuable guidance and internationally recognised benchmarks on gender equality.


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