Share of women in management of state-owned companies to increase to 30% in Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered to introduce a gradual increase in the proportion of women from 5 to 30% of the management of companies with state participation, speaking at a meeting of the National Council of Public Trust on October 22.

“The share of women in the management of public companies with state participation is still low and amounts to only 5-7%. This situation does not allow to fully realize the potential of women who make up more than half of the country’s population,” the head of state stressed.

Members of the National Council made a proposal to introduce a mandatory norm to increase the proportion of women in management positions in companies with state participation to 30%.

“We must think about the phased implementation of this initiative. This will make the business sphere more attractive for women and increase the position of Kazakhstan in specialised international ratings,” Tokayev said.

Tokayev noted that according to statistics, more than 55% of civil servants and social workers are women.

According to him, women among the deputies of the maslikhat and parliament – 22%, in the judiciary – 47%. In addition, for the first time in the history of the country, a woman became the head of the region, Kazakhstan’s president said.

“A woman rocks the cradle with one hand, while the other leads the country,” Tokayev said.

As of January 1, 2020, the population of Kazakhstan amounted to 18,632,200 people – men 48.5%, women 51.5%.

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