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

Raise gender equality commitments in all meetings and highlight women, peace and security and the economic participation of women in public speeches and appearances; hold at least 3 events and conferences on gender in 2021 and give a major policy speech on gender equality at a high level meeting.
Actively support networks of women change makers working in comprehensive security by promoting dialogue across regions, groups and generations; convene one networking event with the Mediterranean and Asian Partners for Co-operation for women mediators.