DILI, 31 may 2022 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Culture (MESCC) held a seminar to promote the concept and implementation of gender equality in civil servants.
The Director-General of Administration and Finance of the MESCC, Hêrnanio da Costa Soares, underlined the necessity of promoting the concept and implementation of gender equality among public administration officials and agencies.
“We have to allow everyone to take up leadership positions so they can contribute to the country’s development,” Hêrnanio da Costa Soares told Tatoli, in Comoro, Dili.
According to Soares, the Public Service Commission (PSC) must ensure the promotion of civil servants.
The PSC Executive Secretary, Maria da Costa Oliveira, also introduced the plans for the development of gender equality in public institutions.
Oliveira said, The report from 2021 has recorded 35,312 public administration agencies in total, however, only 22% corresponded with women in management and leadership positions.
“It is important for MESCC to continue to promote gender equality in its institutions. You have to open a competition. One of the conditions is the exam preparation because it seems that most of the positions are occupied by appointments,” he added.
She recalled that equality between men and women is defined in the general principles of article 17 of the Constitution of the Republic of Timor-Leste.
The Deputy Ombudsman for Human Rights Affairs, Benícia Eriana Magno, referred to the importance of protecting everyone’s professional career.
“It is important to make guidelines to ensure principles and values based on integrity, merit, and equality to avoid discrimination,” She said.
So far the seminar hosted by MESCC attended by employees and representatives from other public and private entities inside the country.
Journalist: Isaura Lemos de Deus
Editor: Maria Auxiliadora
Translation: Camilo de Sousa