Women’s rights are human rights and investing in gender equality yields positive results for everyone. A gender equal society allows peace, justice and sustainability to prosper. Unfortunately, today, such a society is still an aspiration, and in many places around the world progress achieved is being backtracked. As ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna, calling for gender perspectives is a key part of my work. However, tackling these issues also requires combined efforts, and therefore I am delighted to be part of the network of International Gender Champions.
In our dialogue with, and in governing boards of, international organizations in Vienna, encourage organizations to: 1) Attain gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) through both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, 2) Integrate the gender dimension in programs, policies, and normative and operational work, and 3) Put in place comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual abuse and exploitation.
1) Enhance predictability and planning, and 2) Avoid calling meetings that will take place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.