Facts About Women in the IAEA

Women in the IAEA: Facts and Figures as of February 2010

Facts About Women in the IAEA

  • Taking all job categories together, the IAEA staff is composed of 39% women and 61% men.
  • Women outnumber men in support positions at the IAEA, known as General Service (GS) staff in UN parlance. Approximately two-thirds of GS posts are filled by women.
  • Men outnumber women at the IAEA when it comes to Professional jobs. 77.5% of all Regular Professional and higher posts are filled by men. The percentage climbs even higher to 83.2% in scientific and engineering positions which are filled by 97 women and 479 men holding posts as chemists, life scientists, nuclear engineers, physicists, safeguards inspectors, or technical specialists.
  • Women are thin at top levels. Women hold 19.6% of the IAEA´s 629 top Professional posts rated P4 or higher. Of the Agency´s six Department Heads, who carry the title of Deputy Director General, Ms. Ana María Cetto broke through the ranks in December 2002, becoming the first woman appointed to that level in the IAEA´s 45-year history.
  • Among Directors, who head Divisions, women hold 8 of the 42 posts. The first woman Director, Ms. Joyce Amenta, was appointed in 1990.
  • Among senior Professional Officers, the balance is nearly as tilted. Women hold about 19.7% of posts ranked as P-4 or P-5, a slow rise since Ms. Mary Jeffreys first broke through in 1962.
  • Women are gaining at junior and mid-level Professional positions. They hold about 31.5% of all posts classified as P-1, P-2, or P-3.

The IAEA has a way to go. The Agency´s goal is to achieve a target of equal representation at all levels.