October 3, 2019

Germany: Balancing Gender Representation in Leadership

In the last seven years, the percentage of women in managerial positions in government and the private sector has stalled in Germany. The Parliament, for example, has seen a decline in women’s representation from 36 percent in 2013-2017 to 31 percent in the 2018-2021 legislative period.

To encourage companies and public institutions to do more to ensure equal participation of women and men, as well as bring more women into leadership positions, Germany is using the Open Government Partnership to conduct regular monitoring on the status of women and men in leadership positions in private sector bodies and the public service. This information will allow citizens to also verify how the Act is being implemented and inform lawmakers if corporate culture is shifting satisfactorily. By working together, government officials and civil society organizations are generating more visibility and awareness for gender parity issues.