…but still plenty of room for improvement

A couple of weeks ago, EPLO commented on the appointment of Dame Rosalind Marsen as the first ever female EU special representative.

An article posted on EUobserver.com yesterday, however, showed that the EU still has a long way to go in ensuring gender balance in its senior management positions. According to the article ‘Old boys club dominates EU diplomacy‘, just 11 of the 115 heads of EU delegations are women.

Perhaps even more alarming from a conflict prevention perspective was the revelation that the distribution of posts in Africa and Latin America seems to reflect former colonial ties; according to the article, ‘all but three’ EU delegations in Africa are headed by officials from former colonial powers.

Over the next few months, EPLO will certainly be taking a keen interest in senior level appointments both in EU delegations and in the Brussels headquarters of the European External Action Service (EEAS) .

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