Excluding women from any economic activity has always been, and will always be, bad policy. This is not a normative claim but something that has been proved in research many times. Including women will not only improve economic performance in general, but it will also lead to a number of positive side effects that come with increased economic independence. There are countless good arguments to create a society that does not discriminate based on gender (or any other factor for that matter), but sometimes the economic arguments are forgotten which is unfortunate since they are so strong and so obvious. Reminding people of this fact is one of my main ambitions as an International Gender Champion.
I commit to undertake the following:
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.