PCSW piloted the Women in Leadership Project in December 2016, to facilitate implementation of the Punjab Women’s Empowerment Package 2012, and the Punjab Fair Representation of Women Act by ensuring 33% representation of women on all Boards of Statutory Organizations, Public Sector Companies, Special Purpose Taskforces and Committees. The objectives of this initiative include fulfilment of 33% quota of women’s representation on public entities, empowerment of women through leadership trainings and regular mentoring activities, placement of 33% women in at least 15% Boards of Statutory Organizations, Public Sector Companies, and Special Purpose Taskforces and Committees, development of a comprehensive database developed that includes information on all public sector entities in Punjab, and improving access to opportunities for recruitment and induction of candidates through networking opportunities with Government Departments and Statutory entities.
Over the past few years, Government of the Punjab has undertaken a number of initiatives for empowerment of women in the province. One such initiative is to ensure adequate representation of women in government service and representation of women in decision making positions of statutory organizations. Under the Punjab Women Empowerment Package 2012, the quota for women in public sector employment has been increased from 5% to 15% and the Punjab Fair Representation of Women Act 2014 provides for 33% representation of women on all Boards of Statutory Organizations, Public Sector Companies, Special Purpose Taskforces and Committees.
However, recruitment to decision making positions in Boards etc. becomes a challenge due to the difficulty in identifying suitable, qualified women who are well versed in matters of governance and understand the role of members of Boards. Conversely, qualified women find it equally difficult to find such bodies and entities where they could be represented in decision-making positions. It is therefore imperative to conduct research, develop a database of all such women and bodies, build capacity of the identified women for leadership and decision making positions, develop a network and to provide such a forum where they could be brought together. This systematic approach would help implement the initiatives of the Government in letter and spirit.
In order to achieve placement of women in at least 15% Boards of Statutory Organizations, Public Sector Companies, Special Purpose Taskforces and Committees by end of FY 2016- 2017, it is vital to identify competent and active women and train them accordingly to become effective members of public sector boards and committees. To achieve the aforementioned objective, PCSW piloted the Women in Leadership Project in 2016, to aid identification of suitable women, and bridge the gap between them and public sector bodies.
Objectives of the Project
Creating spaces for women in decision making positions in Punjab will impact a major transformation in the province under governance, as enhancement of gender diversity in public appointments. This opportunity will provide women with the ability to influence important decisions and bring new voices, experiences and approaches to decision – making processes within the public sector. The main objective of this project is to facilitate 33% representation of women on all Boards of Statutory Organizations, Public Sector Companies, Special Purpose Taskforces and Committees. Project plan will consist of the following key actions:
Develop a database identifying all the Boards of Statutory Organizations, Public Sector Companies, Special Purpose Taskforces and Committees in the government of Punjab.
Identify and recruit possible candidates to available positions in Boards, Committees etc. for inclusion in a comprehensive database.
Groom possible candidates for placement (training and capacity building)
Create a mentoring system whereby, prominent/accomplished women will mentor candidates for decision making positions
Network candidates with decision makers for placement in a systematic manner and in effective networking events
Upload your Profile on the Women in Leadership Portal
If you deem yourself competent and qualified for Board positions, please view Eligibility Criteria for Board Membership and Express Your Interest by emailing the EOI Form to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload your Profile on the Women in Leadership Portal
A list of Government of Punjab’s Entities can be viewed here.