↗ Numbers suggest that gender balance is being considered in appointments to agencies, boards, and commissions. Still, the proportion of women who apply to and are appointed by Participate PEI has increased very slightly since 2009. Women make up just over 30% of applicants (up 1%) and 41% of appointees (up 2%).
→ Only 27% of chair and vice-chair appointments since 2009 have been women (up 2% from 2009). The Advisory Council calls on government to make changes to the Participate PEI process that would help redress the gender imbalance in leadership on agencies, boards, and commissions.
→ Government has improved the information available on the Participate PEI website for potential applicants. Participate PEI reports a future plan for online application forms and for a demographic survey of appointees that will form the basis for recruitment to meet diversity goals. These are steps the Advisory Council will be watching for and assessing for their inclusiveness and effectiveness.
→ The Advisory Council members suggest it is time for an evaluation of Participate PEI. We would be pleased to participate in consultations.
Increased equality in appointments to agencies, boards, and commissions: C
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.