Gender equality vital for workforce

National, Normal

The National, Monday July 15th, 2013

 GENDER equality in the public workforce is advancing as government organisations enforce it by delegating executive positions to women, John Kali says.   

Kali said the Department of Personnel Management, which had recently launched its gender equality and social inclusive (GESI) policy was one that had seen two highly qualified women take senior positions. 

In announcing the appointments last Thursday at Morauta Haus, in Port Moresby, Kali said involving women in leadership roles and development processes was important to satisfy social development. 

Taies Sansan was appointed deputy secretary policy after serving seven years as director senior executive services. 

She is now responsible for advice on policy creation and implementation to the government through the department. 

Her previous position is now occupied by Ida Yuki, who is responsible for services implementation of the department. 

Kali said both were appointed on merit for their performance, experience and potential.  

“I have been carefully watching the progress of women in the department with much interest and there were a number of them who have impressed me very much and continue to do so. 

“Sansan is one of them. 

“Seniority for promotion is a poor excuse. 

“What matters is to have the relevant experience and to perform and produce the goods and I believe Taies has earned her appointment,” he said. 

The department’s GESI policy provides guidelines for officers in the department, provincial administrations and agencies to mainstream gender equity and social inclusion into internal business processes and service delivery.