Esther Monterrubio Villar
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Spain to UNOV and other International Organizations in Vienna
Esther Monterrubio Villar

Ensuring equality and creating the conditions so that women can develop their full potential are essential foundations for building a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world, and are indispensable to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, in the past few months, we have borne witness to the disproportionate impact that the pandemic has had on women and girls the world over. We must ensure that this crisis does not lead to a reversal of our rights, and guarantee that women participate under equal conditions in the responses to Covid‐19 and in the decisions made to bring about recovery. Only by mobilizing efforts and through constant and decisive action will we be able to break down gender barriers and achieve full equality. I am proud to be joining this struggle to tear down gender barriers and to make certain that no woman or girl is left behind.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

To promote—in my team of collaborators—a pro-active work-life balance culture, through how work is notified and planned. I understand that predictability makes it easier to achieve this work-life balance. I also commit to not calling work meetings in the evenings, and to be flexible in working hours to facilitate work-life balance.
To carry out actions, including the organization of a workshop by November 2021, to promote a greater presence of women in international organizations in Vienna and to boost their interest in applying for managerial positions in such organizations. A new culture of capacity-building is necessary to empower women and to contribute towards breaking the glass ceiling.