Belgium goes to the bottom of the class for women in top civil service jobsFriday, 03 August 2018 10:33
The figures relate to senior functions in government ministries. In Belgium, only one such is headed by a woman: Isabella Mazzara, head of the home affairs ministry (photo). “Believe me, my male colleagues are just as bothered by the imbalance,” she told Le Soir.
“In my own experience, I admit I’ve never experienced any obstacles due to being a woman,” she said. “I’ve seized the opportunities that presented themselves.” Mazzara was chief of staff for Annemie Turtelboom when she was home affairs minister, and for Maggie De Block when she was secretary of state for asylum and migration – both female ministers, she recognises. “I passed the exams and so on, but the fact is there are fewer women candidates.”
Part of the reason for the imbalance, she says, is the tendency for women more than men to be concerned about work-life balance. In her own department, she tries to offer a maximum of flexibility, such as avoiding early and late meetings, and allowing home-working where practical.
“I have a lot of respect for women who prioritise family life. The most important thing is that we feel free to choose, whether that means going home early for the children or going for one of the top jobs.”
In 2012 the government passed a rule which called for one-third of all posts in public service should be occupied by a woman. Taking all government services into account, the actual figure is still short of the target, on 29%.
The Brussels Times
The UK government has developed a passport checker to allow British passport holders to see if they have enough time left on their passport before they travel to specific countries.
Amnesty International Belgium has launched a campaign to protest against the presence of Liege-based weapons manufacturer FN Herstal at an…
Brussels Airlines can now return to the normal schedule for its flights between Brussels and Kinshasa, the airline announced on…
Belgium, along with many other member states, will be allowed to increase state aid to farmers in times of crisis…
The environmental awareness-raising and action association, Nature & Progrès, on Tuesday started an appeal to mobilise support for a pesticide-free…