Gender Discrimination Experience
Female police, firefighting, and correctional civil servants’ personal experience on gender discrimination
B. How to measure
Number and percentage of female police/firefighting/correctional officers who answered ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the question “Have you ever experienced something that you personally thought of as sexist while working in your current job?”
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 Subjective/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
Police, firefighting, and correction are still a few areas where there are barriers to entry for women because gender segregation and recruitment are still in place. Although female officials in this field are employed by them overcoming limitations, they are likely to be confronted with discrimination such as stereotypes, male-oriented organizational culture/practices, and additional discriminations such as exclusion or over-protection. In particular, it is necessary to consider the state of experience of gender discrimination in female police, firefighting, and correctional civil servants in order to guarantee equality in the performance of women’s work. According to the indicators, approximately 25–30% of police, firefighting, and correctional officers have experienced sex discrimination. Of which, the highest figures can be found among police officers. In other words, this suggests that it is necessary to reconsider the culture of gender discrimination in the police force. In addition, as the percentage of victims’ experiences of sexual discrimination in these three areas is similar, the government will need to improve the situation so that female officials in each field will not feel such discrimination in the future.