Gender Discrimination Awareness

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    Female civil servants’ perception of discrimination against female civil servants in police/fire/correction department

  • B. How to measure

    Number and percentage of the item selected by female civil servants as a response option to a question ‘have you ever experienced discrimination based on gender and what kind of gender discrimination did you experience?’

  • C. Features and Sources

    Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity
    Rights to Equality Discrimination Factors Gender Objective/Result National Human Rights Commission of Korea Survey on the Gender Discrimination in Police, Firefighting, and Correctional Female Civil Servants and Improvement Methods 2014 Irregular
  • D. Interpretation

    Police, fire, and correction are the few areas where women have entry barriers in the public service sector, as gender separation recruitment and employment are still maintained. After overcoming gender separation recruitment female civil servants are likely to face discrimination such as stereotypes, male-centered organizational culture, and practices in these fields. Thus, female civil servants in police, fire, and correction can face excessive protection. In other words, they can be excluded from participating in major tasks. Therefore, finding out sectors in which female civil servants think they are discriminated against is important to understand female civil servants’ perceptions towards gender discrimination. According to the indicators, female civil servants in the police/fire/correction department felt unfavored when choosing a department. In other words, they felt that their number of choices was limited compared to that of men. Opportunities to get favorable posts for personnel evaluation was a runner-up to a limited number of choices to choose a department. In conclusion, discrimination in police, fire and correctional sectors must be improved in the future.

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