Champion
Darja Bavdaž Kuret
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations in New York
Darja Bavdaž Kuret

I believe that a better, more just world in which our children and grandchildren will thrive can only be achieved once women and girls of today are empowered and have equal rights. The right to education, to vote and to participate in political processes is crucial. To be able to freely decide to be whoever they want to be and to shape their future free from any form of discrimination and fear from all forms of violence must be our common goal. The idea that progress can be achieved with half of the population not be able to participate fully is not just wrong and unjust; it is inhumane. Gender equality has to be a state of mind.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I commit to undertake the following:

  • Actively promote gender awareness in the workplace alongside enabling a work environment which encourages and promotes career and professional development including addressing possible challenges that may discourage women from occupying leadership positions. Promote work-family life balance at the Permanent Mission by enabling flexibility for the staff to spend quality time with family by avoiding calling meetings in early mornings, late in the evenings, weekends and holidays.

  • Actively advocate for the incorporation of the gender equality principle into the UN’s architecture and the inclusion of gender-mainstreaming in the work of other international and other organizations.