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Belgium scores badly for women leaders in civil service
Belgium is the worst-ranked country in Europe for women in top-level civil service jobs, new figures from the European Institute for Gender Equality reveal.
Only 10% of the top rank of Belgian civil servants are women, compared with a European average of 23%. There is only one woman at the top of the Federal Public Services - Isabelle Mazzara (pictured), who heads the interior ministry.
In the second tier of civil service management, 23% of posts are occupied by women against the European average of 43%.
Since 2012, a royal decree in Belgium has set a minimum quota of one third of women in the highest spheres of the civil service. Last year, 29% of civil service management jobs were carried out by women.
Photo: Laurie Dieffembacq/Belga