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2023, a year to assess and rethink processes - Open Gov #23

Gender gap | Participation

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We hope that 2023 has started well. We are back with a lot of energy and enthusiasm to continue fighting for the opening of institutions and data, especially with you by our side!

Renewing Open Government

January is perfect to look back: we have been publishing this newsletter for a year and a half, for more than 4 years, we have been part of the Colombia multi-stakeholder forum and to give just a couple of examples, in 2022, we redesigned the Mexico City Data Portal and created the Cultural Map of Sucre, which gives visibility to this Colombian region through data.

It’s been almost 12 years since the creation of the Open Government Partnership! However, the model is still a utopia. It is not enough to talk about the pillars of transparency, participation… we need tangible solutions. That assumes political will but also citizen will. Moreover, we need more local implementation by the whole State and, of course, social control.

In this line, OGP began a retrospective process in 2021, which has led to a review of its internal model and agenda priorities with a view to the 2023-2028 period. The result is a draft with four strategic lines of action from which the Alliance’s actions will be articulated and open for comments until February 15. They are broad but relevant, as they will mark the future of OGP, which continues to be one of the main references for open government actions, so we invite you to take a look at them and, of course, to participate.

Leadership and representation

The Inter-American Development Bank showed that the presence of women is still limited at the highest levels of decision-making in public administrations. To this end, it analyzed, on a comparable basis, the 4 highest management levels in 12 representative sectors for 15 countries in the region.

These levels are composed of 5 attributes:

  • Strategic decision making
  • High-level political linkage
  • Ability to issue regulations
  • Budget management
  • Human resource management

The conclusions indicate that women do not reach decision-making levels, despite regulations, gender policies and the increase of women in the public sector. In the countries analyzed, women occupy only 23.6% of level 1 positions, equivalent to a minister.

The gap is evident in the private sector as well. In 2019, 15 media outlets, including Datasketch, participated in the research Women in the Stock Market (sp), led by Poder from Mexico. In it, we analyzed female participation on boards of directors of companies listed on stock exchanges in Latin America and Spain. At that time, on average, only 12% participated on boards of directors.

💁🏽‍♀️ Women in the public sector

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