Women’s representation in upper management levels: Gender Audit trail shows steady but insignificant ascendancy

Despite Kenya’s efforts to bridge the gap, women continue to be significantly under-represented in management and leadership positions in the formal labour markets and in government institutions in general. This underrepresentation has led to gender gaps not only in wages, but also all other indicators of empowerment

KU-WEE Hub’s gender audit trail has revealed a steady but insignificant rise in the proportions of women’s representation in Kenya’s Public service management levels (Job groups Q to V). The gender audit trail from 2010 to 2020 tracks gender representation at the entry to management in all the 22 Ministries of Government, and will inform the hub’s study on Women’s participation in management and leadership positions in the public sector: Closing the gender gap. The study’s pilot report is complete. You can also access the study’s policy briefs here.


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