Francis Gurry
Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization
Francis Gurry

I think we should remember, with the United Nations having adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, that one of those goals is to achieve gender equality with a target, in particular, for women to gain equal rights to economic resources and access to ownership and control over property.  And property, of course, includes intellectual property.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I commit to undertake the following:

  • Provide individualized support for career and professional development to a minimum of five women per year between P3 and P5 levels at WIPO, prioritizing those with supervisory responsibilities.

  • Increase the percentage of the operational units at WIPO that substantively complete the gender marker coding in the annual workplans from 20% in December 2017 to 40% by the end of 2018.