Monique van Daalen
Global Board
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in Geneva
Monique van Daalen

There is no country in the world that has achieved full gender equality. Despite all our good intentions and all the work undertaken to ensure equal rights for all, more needs to be done. To achieve meaningful change and achieve SDG Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment, we need to work together more effectively, also in Geneva. I believe it is important to break silos and ensure that all human rights, humanitarian, trade, health and disarmament initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality are mutually reinforcing and effective, also on the ground.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • Continue working to bring together all actors on the promotion of gender, including NGOs, States and International Organizations working in the areas of health, human rights, trade, disarmament and humanitarian affairs, with a view to ensuring gender remains on the agenda and to foster better coordination of our joint efforts.

  • Ensure a healthy work-life balance for all employees, both women and men, by investing in technologies and a working culture that encourages and facilitates working from home especially during this Covid-19 pandemic.