How can a country and its economy progress when close to half of it work-force is constantly pulled down? In most parts of the world, women do not have land rights. Without owning land, they have no access to finance and are thus left behind.
I will systematically step up efforts to mainstream a gender perspective into programmes, projects and policies in UNCCD Secretariat and the GM including by ensuring that all staff go through training on how to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in support of the Convention Parties that strive to implement the UNCCD Gender Action Plan. At the end of 2020, we aim to have a Gender equality capacity assessment conducted.
I will work to promote gender balance at management levels. Our target is to achieve gender parity at P4 and P5 levels by the end of the year 2020.