Gender equality is the responsibility of all and progress will only be achieved if we all play our part. We need to challenge those who have not been playing theirs.
I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
I also commit to undertake the following:
Ensure that at least 30% of participants in IPU Assemblies are women and that all decision-making structures of the IPU comprise a minimum of 30% women by 2017 and reach 40% by 2020.
Step up efforts to ensure that gender equality is part and parcel of the IPU’s work and functioning, including by: a) developing a gender mainstreaming tool for all programmes of support to parliaments by 2017; and b) carrying out an assessment of the work environment at the IPU from a gender perspective by 2017.
As an extension to my GGC Panel Parity Pledge: a) Issue internal guidelines to ensure that there is always a man and a woman panelist in every debate organised by the IPU by 2017; b) track and report on the gender composition of all panels held during IPU Assemblies from 2017; and c) organise “Parity Debates” during IPU Assemblies, where there is gender parity on the panel and gender balance among participants.