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Key Issues in Women’s Representation in Bureaucracy: Lessons from South Asia

Syeda Kabir ()

Public Organization Review, 2013, vol. 13, issue 4, 427-442

Abstract: This paper discusses the position of women in the civil services in South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh). The majority of women are in lower level positions. It is rare to find women in higher and mid-level positions and in professional and administrative occupations. Despite constitutional guarantees and other governmental initiatives to remove gender discrimination from the civil services of these countries, women continue to fight against a variety of odds to attain career success. The objective of this paper is to make a comparative analysis of the factors accounting for the successful advancement of women in top positions in the civil services of these three countries, and to analyse factors that may impede women from making more progress. A cultural approach has been adopted in this study, emphasizing that the social contexts within which institutions operate shape the manner in which institutions behave and act. Based on extensive field work, the study maps female civil servants’ opinions on a number of factors that impede their career prospects in the civil service. In the conclusion, some policy recommendations are made as a way to address the issue. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Keywords: Women; Participation; Civil service; South Asia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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