Jillian Dempster

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. 125 years ago, 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 support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

Jillian Dempster,
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations in Geneva