I am proud to be an International Gender Champion. Empowering women and girls remains a key priority for the UK Government and Geneva is a key place to do so both within the institutions that are based here and in the work they do. There is great potential for change at this world hub for human rights, trade and humanitarian work. If we can better harness the collective power of the UN and member states, we will be a powerful force to support women and girls, whose contribution to solving today’s global challenges is vital. Equally, ensuring robust policies and commitments to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment in Geneva is crucial in our work as Gender Champions and is something I will actively pursue.
Ensure that the UK Mission to the UN Geneva has robust procedures in place to prevent and combat sexual harassment in the workplace (internal and external settings). Promote procedures through awareness campaign and training for all staff.
Work with Geneva-based international organisations to ensure that they have robust and transparent systems in place to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment, including through convening senior policy makers.