n Journal of Public Administration - Enhancing gender equity in the public service : the case of Limpopo Province




This article explores the promotion of gender equity in the public service with specific reference to Limpopo Province. The public service's performance in the area of employment equity is essential for different reasons. First, the public service employs more than one million people, and it therefore constitutes a significant proportion of the formal labour market. It should act as a role model in promoting employment equity in the country. Second, the duties of the public service generate another reason why enhancing gender equity in the public service is critical. The incorporation of a justifiable Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 is one of the essential measures to protect the civil rights of citizens. A brief overview of attitudinal, societal and institutional prejudices against women in the workplace has been provided. The constitutional, legislative and policy measures for enhancing gender equity are identified. A review of the track record of public service departments in complying with gender equity policies and legislation is made. The employment equity trends of the Limpopo Provincial Government is used as a basis for analysis. The trend analysis covers the period October 2001 to March 2005.


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