Helga Maria Schmid
Secretary-General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Helga Maria Schmid

I am a firm believer in the benefits of diversity and inclusion. It is indisputable that gender equality is inseparably intertwined with achieving peace, security and stability in our region and beyond. When women participate equally in society, in political life, in the economy, and in peace processes, we all benefit.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

Advocate for the protection and realisation of the equal rights of women and girls in speeches, negotiations, multilateral fora, and all forms of media in a consistent and targeted manner throughout 2022; hold at least 3 events and conferences on gender in 2022 and give a major policy speech on gender equality at a high level meeting.
Actively support women leaders, including peacebuilders and mediators in the OSCE region through networking (at least 3 networking events), capacity building and mentoring.