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Gender Equality Policy

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Development and Implementation of the "The 2nd Framework Plan for Gender Equality Policies"


  • Development of the "Basic Plan for Gender Equality Policies" every five years to realize gender equality in more practical terms by addressing the gender gap between women and men

Implementation Basis

  • Article 7 of the Framework Act on Gender Equality

Vision and Goal

Vision:Toward an equal and sustainable democracy that women and men build together. Objectives: Promote mature awareness of gender equality, Increase women’s employment and social participation, Achieve work-life balance, Enhance women’s safety and health. Policy Goals
Policy Goals

Policy Goals - 6 Major Projects, 22 Implementation Strategies

6 Major Projects 22 Implementation Strategies

1. Promote awareness and culture of gender equality

1. Combat gender discrimination in the mass media

2. Enhance gender equality education in school

3. Promote a gender-equal culture in daily lives

4. Raise the effectiveness of civic education on gender equality

2. Ensure equal rights to work and opportunities

1. Promote equal employment opportunity

2. Address employment-related gender discrimination

3. Enhance women’s status in the labor market

4. Provide support for women to maintain and advance careers

3. Enhance women’s representation and participation

1. Enhance women’s representation in the political and public areas

2. Boost women’s representation in private corporations

3. Increase women’s leadership capacity

4. Create social infrastructure for work-life balance

1. Strengthen social responsibility for care-giving

2. Guarantee working parents’ maternal and paternal rights

3. Foster a family-friendly culture in the workplace

5. Eradicate violence against women, and improve women’s health

1. Strengthen the framework for policies to eliminate violence against women

2. Enhance measures to combat diverse forms of violence against women

3. Provide stronger protection and support for sexual violence victims

4. Improve the groundwork for gender-responsive health system

6. Strengthen the implementation mechanism for gender equality policies

1. Revise the implementation mechanism for gender-mainstreaming policies

2. Strengthen the capacity of gender-responsive policies

3. Establish and increase cooperation system with civil society

4. Promote peace and unification activities and international cooperation

Improvement of Women's Representation in Public Sector

Expansion of Women's Participation in Policy-Making Process

  • Preparation of the legal ground that prevents one particular gender from exceeding 60% in the membership of a government committee (enforced as of Feb. 14, 2014)
  • Establishment of the "Plan for the Expansion of Women's Participation" to achieve the 40% target in terms of women's participation in government committees by 2017 (July, 2013) and monitoring of the Plan's implementation status

    ※Women's participation rates for government committees (2012-2017): 25.7% in 2012 → 27.7% in 2013 → 31.7% in 2014 → 34.5% in 2015 → 37.8% in 2016 → 40.2% in 2017

Expansion of Female Public Officials in Public Sector

  • (Public office) Implementation of the Expansion Plan for the Employment of Level 4 or Above Female Managers (2017 target: 15%); and reflection of the Plan's implementation results in the performance evaluation of each government ministries and agencies (in cooperation with the Ministry of Personnel Management)

    ※rates of female public officials of Level 4 and above (2012-2017): 9.3% in 2012 → 9.9% in 2013 → 11.0% in 2014 → 12.1% in 2015 → 13.5% in 2016 → 14.8% in 2017

  • (Public schools) Implementation of the 'Expansion Plan for Women Principals and Vice-Principals at public schools (2017 target: 38%); and monitoring of the Plan's implementation by local education authorities (in cooperation with the Ministry of Education)

    ※rates of women principals and vice-principals at public schools (2012-2017): 24.6% in 2012 → 27.2% in 2013 → 29.4% in 2014 → 34.2% in 2015 → 37.3% in 2016 → 40.6% in 2017

  • (Public organizations) Establishment of the "Target System for Female Managers at Public Organizations (July 2014)" (2017 target: 18.8%) and reflection of related performance results in the 2014 state evaluation of each public organization (in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Finance)

    rates of female managers in public organizations (2012-2017): 11.5% in 2012 → 13.0% in 2013 → 14.8% in 2014 → 16.4% in 2015 → 17.2% in 2016 → 18.8% in 2017

Expansion of Women Leaders Pool

  • Fostering of Future Women Leaders identified as a National Policy Project in order to enhance women's representation; and Expansion of the "Women Leaders Database" up to 110,000 people

    ※Women leaders registered on the database (2013-2017): 47,068 in 2013 → 63,776 in 2014 → 78,960 in 2015 → 94,110 in 2016 → 101,346 in 2017

  • To utilize the database to identify women leaders with particular talent and career accomplishment so as to recommend them as a candidate for government committees and the executive board of public institutions