The graph on the right shows both the percentage of women and men USG/ASG over time to visualize the UN’s progress toward gender balance in the Secretariat’s leadership from 1976 – 2015. My analysis is limited to the UN’s Secretariat, and does not include its many funds and agencies.
Headed by the Secretary-General, the Secretariat serves as the U.
Indeed, most would consider the overall numbers of the combined USG and ASG population — not the subsets — to be most relevant and reflective of gender representation in senior leadership of the Secretariat, and these percentages are the most disappointing.
As of June 30, 2015, just 37 of the 166 total USG/ASG Secretariat population were women, or about 22 percent.
And for the first time, these official nominees include women.
Still, the disappointing statistics on gender representation are not addressed to any serious degree in the most recent UN annual reports; they are instead presented as raw numbers in tables, absent any analysis.Yancopoulos, was a United Nations intern in 2015, and will earn her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Statistics from Columbia College at Columbia University in May 2016.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 License.Table 1 shows the percentage of women holding USG/ASG level posts by year, broken down by each Secretary General’s tenure.The graph on the left shows the percentage of women USG/ASG over time.Security Council debates post-conflict peacebuilding, Feb 2016.©UN The Secretary General’s report on the reports included all staff, regardless of their contract type, term, or source of funding.At the current rate of increase during the current Secretary General’s tenure—from 20 percent in 2007 to 22 percent in 2015—it would take another 112 years to reach 50/50 gender parity in the UN’s senior leadership. If we focus on absolute numbers, 37 women in the UN’s most senior posts might seem impressive.Today, on the 107th International Women’s Day, marked by the #Pledge For Parity campaign slogan, we are reminded of just how difficult it is for any organization to reach true gender parity. However, as has been recently pointed out, the overall number of total senior staff has markedly increased overall.N.’s diplomatic face and contains the organization's core entities for addressing political affairs, peace and security, as well as communications.This main organ comprises over 41,000 international staff members and is led by “Under-Secretaries-General” (USG) and “Assistant-Secretaries-General” (ASG).