Representing Ireland at the UN, I see very clearly that gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls are not only ends in themselves. The participation of women and girls in political decision-making and in peacebuilding is the key to making the world a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable place. More women means more peace. More women means better politics. I am committed to advocating for gender equality by supporting the full and equal participation of women in the work of the UN – whether diplomats, civil society, or political leaders - and in working to ensure that a gender perspective is mainstreamed in everything we do.
Systematically integrate a gender perspective into the speeches, public diplomacy and side events of the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, including by committing to incorporate a gender lens in all Security Council open debate statements on peacekeeping and peacebuilding and in Peacebuilding Commission interventions.
Commit to meet with civil society organisations working on women’s and girls’ rights, particularly those representing vulnerable or marginalised groups, ahead of the annual Commission of the Status of Women