HK women making progress in civil service, Carrie Lam says

Local | 16 Sep 2020 12:44 pm

There are now more women in the civil service in Hong Kong compared with more than two decades ago, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam has told a global forum in a video address.

“Women are taking up critical positions in the government. The percentage of female civil servants has gone up from 32 percent before Hong Kong's return to the motherland to 38 percent today. Thirteen of our 19 permanent secretaries – the highest rank in the civil service – are women. The percentage of female members serving on the several hundred advisory and statutory bodies set up by the Government is now close to 30 percent. These figures speak of the pivotal role played by women in Hong Kong's public affairs.''

She spoke to a forum on Women and Poverty Reduction in 21st Century held to mark the 25th anniversary of fourth World Conference on Women and fifth anniversary of Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.

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