I’m brought up in an environment with many strong and intelligent women and I’m coming from a country that is considered to be gender equal. Although, neither my grand-mother nor my mother got the same opportunities as my grand-father or my father. As a gender champion I’ll do my outmost to make sure that women of today and tomorrow gets their equal rights. Refraining women from access to education, work and opportunities is just not acceptable. Research has proven gender equality being smart economics and a sustainable way to build our societies. We should all let this knowledge guide our daily endeavors and future commitments.
In our dialogue with, and in governing boards of, international organizations in Geneva, encourage organizations to: 1) Attain gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) through both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, 2) Integrate the gender dimension in programmes, policies, and normative and operational work, and 3) Put in place comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual abuse and exploitation.
Promote work-family life balance through: 1) Early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and 2) Avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.