Offer: Gender Responsive public Administration
As I was reviewing the UN website today, I kept finding reference to the United Nations Public Service Awards, and that a new category has been added. It is one that lauds gender responsive public service work.
We all know the lack of gender equality remains a challenge in many parts of the world and negatively impacts progress towards all of the MDGs. While there has been notable progress in ratifying conventions and improving legislation, adequate design and delivery of gender-responsive services have lagged behind. Women, and in particular women in hardship, represent the overwhelming majority of those who access and use public services.
Do you know of where a good job is being done in support of women? This is international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. You may wish to forward recommendation for those doing a good job to reverse the trauma you have written about.
The UN needs to know about efficient public administration - those that delivers services for all citizens is central to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We need positive examples of where public authorities are ensuring that the service delivery needs of women are met.
For this reason, the new award category will serve as a token of recognition for public servants who are working tirelessly to improve the delivery of services to women, and will also serve to encourage others to learn from and replicate their good examples.
Online nominations for the award are now being accepted at: www.unpan.org/applyunpsa2011, and the deadline is 31 December 2010. For more information about the UNPSA Application Process, please visit: www.unpan.org/unpsa.