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, and if we can better harness the collective power of the UN and member states, we will be a powerful force. I hope we can use this strength to also harness the untapped potential of so many women and girls, whose contribution to solving today’s global challenges is vital.
I commit to undertake the following:
Work with Geneva based multilateral organisations to ensure that they have robust and transparent systems in place to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, specifically seeking pledges from senior policy makers.
Promote policies within Geneva based organisations that promote gender parity, including seeking endorsement for policies contained in the “gender parity checklist” and specifically, increasing the number of organisations that promote flexible working practices through convening no less than 2 high- and working level expert led seminars and workshops.