"Gender equality must become the rule, not the exception. We must embed gender in all that we do. At UNAIDS, I am proud that we prioritize gender equality through our programmes and talent development. Since 2013, we've progressed from having just 27% female UNAIDS country directors to almost half - 48% today. Numbers are important but they are not enough. Transforming the status quo means transforming attitudes, behaviours and actions; it means transforming institutions and structures; it means transforming societies. We can never be too ambitious."
I commit to ensure a programmatic focus on gender equality and empowering women and girls, including developing an action plan to accelerate progress to overcome barriers preventing adolescent girls and young women from accessing healthcare and comprehensive sexuality education.
I commit both myself and UNAIDS to do more to prevent and address sexual harassment. I commit to establishing an external high-level independent panel made up of women leaders, civil society, government partners and experts, to provide, within 30 days, recommendations to UNAIDS to further strengthen its implementation of its zero-tolerance policy and to serve as a force for change in the UN system and beyond.