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.
1) Integrate the gender dimension in programs, policies, and normative work by actively promoting mainstreaming of a gender perspective and raising gender parity issues and the importance of the inclusion of women. 2) Ensure that comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment are in place and that these policies remain up to date.
3) Provide platforms for raising and discussing gender issues by contributing to at least two gender themed events this year, preferably by co-organizing or sponsoring, in order to raise awareness about present and emerging gender issues. 4) Engage actively in the discourse on gender mainstreaming and gender parity on visible platforms, such as social media, to lower the threshold for more people to start participating in the discussion.