Maurizio Massari
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York
Maurizio Massari

We cannot afford to wait another 130 years to finally achieve gender equality in the highest positions of power. As the Secretary-General of the UN says, parity is ultimately a question of “power”: women should be able to access to it - and manage it -  just like everybody else. It is therefore crucial that the gender equality cause can rely on “male allies”. To this aim, I now express my full commitment. If we do not consider women pivotal to this “recover better” strategy, we will not be able to emerge from the crisis stronger. Women are - and we must let them be - “agents of change”.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

I am committed to being the guardian of gender parity and to making sure women have their deserved seat at the table. To this end, the Italian Mission has developed and enforced an organizational policy for its personnel’s leave of absence that prioritizes an efficient family-work balance and ensures that the regular work schedule does not interfere with the staff private life commitments. This is in line with the rational we follow in organizing gender-inclusive events whose panels are reflective of our belief in women’s potential and skillset to forge inspiring and productive conversations. We will review the effectiveness of our policy at the end of the year.
I am committed to raising awareness on women empowerment and working towards zero tolerance of gender-based violence in line with IGC’s GBV Pledge through an effective and comprehensive communication strategy. The Mission has designed and put in place a thorough media campaign featuring an increased presence of gender equality, women leadership and women success stories in its social media campaigns. This is reflective of the Mission’s efforts to fight gender-based discriminations and unleash women full potential, within both its organization and the civil society. Italy relentlessly works in shaping a more equitable and gender-responsive environment through its close alliance with its EU partners, competent UN agencies and all interested civil society’s stakeholders.