The number of women who are employees of local self-government bodies exceeds the number of men by 3.5 times, however, with the growth of powers, the opportunity for career advancement for the former decreases. This was reported in the Media Office of the All-Russian Population Census.
As emphasized in Rosstat, 77% of women employed in local self-government bodies account for 23% of men. The leading positions are occupied mainly by men. Experts believe that women are ready to fulfill the responsibilities of managers, but their career growth is limited by social bias.
“The modern Russian government has a masculine face. This is due to the value foundations of society, which gives the palm in management to men. It should be noted that today women are increasingly showing themselves both in business and in state and municipal administration. Obviously, these processes need to be supported and developed, ”said Mikhail Khachaturyan, Associate Professor of the Department of Organizational and Management Innovations of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.
Elena Dyatlova, the head of the Kaliningrad city district administration, points out that there are no restrictions on joining the municipal service.
“At the same time, women are less inclined to take risks and tend to compromise more. These are very important for the municipal quality service. And it is very important to take responsibility for a whole range of processes, which is better for a woman, who is responsible for the household, and the well-being of the family, and the solution of official tasks, ”she stressed.
The problem of gender inequality, according to experts, can be solved by introducing training programs on leadership. The state needs to include women in the managerial personnel reserve and encourage their activity. According to Dmitry Zhuravlev, scientific director of the Institute of Regional Problems, the basis for positive changes is due to the growth of the level of education throughout the country and the rejuvenation of the power structure.
The expert added that updated data on changes in the age and sex structure of the population and the level of education will be presented as a result of the All-Russian Population Census in 2021.
On April 1, it became known that Russia, according to the rating compiled by the World Economic Forum, took 81st place in terms of gender equality in the world. The report noted a narrowing education gap and an increase in the number of women in leadership positions.