Maria Assunta Accili
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Italy to International Organizations in Vienna
Maria Assunta Accili

The promotion of gender equality and women empowerment is a top priority of Italy's foreign policy and development cooperation. It requires a comprehensive approach with cross-cutting initiatives and a long-term committment by every person, men and women, at all level. I am therefore particularly pleased to join the International Gender Champions initiative and contribute to this common endeavor.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I commit to undertake the following:

  • Promote work-family life balance through: a) early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and b) avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.

  • Advise and encourage my national authorities to launch or support, as appropriate, draft decisions and initiatives promoting gender equality across the entire spectrum of activities of Vienna based Organisations.