Champion
Patricia O’Brien
Ambassador of Ireland to France, Embassy of Ireland in Paris
Patricia O’Brien

Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a key priority for Ireland’s foreign policy. Ireland takes a strong, rights-based approach and recognises gender equality as a central element in achieving a more peaceful, equal and sustainable world. At the heart of our work on gender equality is the truth that gender equality concerns us all. Achieving gender equality is a gateway to realising and safeguarding all human rights. 

The year 2020 marks a number of milestone events on gender equality. 2020 will be the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the most significant global agenda for the empowerment of women and girls.  Working together at the multilateral level is a strong contribution towards eliminating discrimination and ensuring the dignity of every person, men and women. We know that galvanising change is not always about starting a revolution, but rather changing mind-sets and breaking down silos. I believe the public commitments under the Geneva Gender Champions Initiative are a very practical way to realise such change.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • To hold an annual event at the Embassy of Ireland in Paris specifically focused around the topic of gender and women’s equality

  • To promote diplomacy as a viable career option for young women, by engaging with French civil society organisations and political figures. With this goal in mind, I commit to posting an interview or blogpost on the IGC website.