I come from a family of strong women; my grandmother was in her way a trailblazer for women’s rights and I was brought up in a context where “women can – and should - do it”. Today my sister is my mentor, and I am hers. As a committed International Gender Champion my focus lies on that no achievements on gender equality can be taken for granted – and that we together must never stop moving forward as gender equality is still not a reality – unfortunately - anywhere. That women’s rights are human rights is a corner stone and point of departure. The power of this network is in the collectivity – we are all running it, we are all leading it and we are all responsible.
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.
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.