Helen Eduards
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Sweden to International Organizations in Vienna
Helen Eduards

To reach gender equality, we must recognize that discrimination is structural and that inequality feeds from stereotypes. Empowering women is about respecting everyone’s human rights, and creating prosperous societies to the benefit of all.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • In our dialogue with, and in the governing boards of international organisations in Vienna, encourage organisations to: a) attain gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) through both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, and b) integrate the gender dimension in programmes, policies, and normative and operational work, and 3) Put in place comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual abuse and exploitation.

  • Promote work-family life balance through: a) early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and b) avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.