Champion
Annika Markovic
Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Embassy of Sweden
Annika Markovic

"Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment is crucial for peace, justice and sustainable development as well as for the overall economy. As a committed International Gender Champion my priorities are to bring a gender equality perspective into international policy-making and to address destructive gender norms, with the overall goal that women and men shall have the same power to shape their own lives and our future societies"

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • 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, courts and tribunals in The Hague, encourage these institutions 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.