Women and men are differently affected by the complex challenges of drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. We need the full and equal participation of both men and women to think together and work together in order to address these challenges.
As the first woman to serve as Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), I hold firm to my commitments as an International Gender Champion. Only together we can unleash progress and leave no one behind.
Commit to systematically strengthen an inclusive and enabling organizational culture that supports United Nations gender equality commitments as reflected in the “UNOV/UNODC Strategy for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (2018 -2021)”. To these ends, I will strive to improve the representation of women at the staff levels where parity is not achieved, as a significant step towards meeting the goal of gender parity at all levels by the end of 2021.
Ensure I use every possible opportunity, on all country visits related to UNODC projects and programmes to visit a programme promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to advocate that substantive attention to gender equality and the empowerment of women is included in relevant engagements of UNOV and UNODC senior leadership.