The achievement of gender equality needs to go beyond words – we need to be vigilant in challenging assumptions, practices and methods of work that hold women and girls back from reaching their full potential. In 1893, New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote. To quote Kate Shepherd, the woman who spearheaded the suffrage campaign: “All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome.”
I will leverage New Zealand's leadership of the Human Rights Council resolution on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity to connect human rights and humanitarian practitioners on sexual and reproductive health and rights. We will organise at least two events in support of the resolution and will aim to see better reflection of rights-based approaches in working documents of key humanitarian agencies.
In my role as Chair of the UNEP Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics, I will ensure that all participants are aware of, and receive a copy of, the UN's Code of Conduct to Prevent Harassment at UN Events. I will effectively and promptly take action regarding any breaches of the Code of Conduct.