The OSCE recognizes gender equality as an indispensable prerequisite for inclusive peace, sustainable economic development and democratic governance. I commit to taking a leadership role to integrate the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security agenda into our activities and to break down gender barriers within the Organization.
Improve enforcement of existing “zero-tolerance” policy on all forms of sexual harassment and strengthen efforts to put an end to all harassing behaviours. Ensure that women and men feel safe in reporting all forms of harassment and discrimination. Ensure that all complaints are processed in a timely manner, adequate measures are taken, and a timely response is given to every complainant. Initiate mandatory training for both men and women on how to confront these behaviours.
Actively work with a newly established advisory group to create a more equitable work environment and an institutional culture that is more inclusive and accountable. Issues the advisory group would address include: how to foster a culture of respect and mutual support; how to strengthen the existing system for reporting problematic behaviors; how to improve gender balance among mid-level professional staff by modernizing recruitment and retention approaches and policies; how to enable women to deliver effectively, including by ensuring equitable allocation of resources; how to better communicate real achievements in advancing gender equality to inspire further positive change.