Patricia O’Brien
Ambassador of Ireland to France, Embassy of Ireland in Paris
Steering Committee
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.

Personal Commitments

I commit to applying a gender lens to implementation of the Global Ireland: Strategy for France, which informs all of the work that the Embassy of Ireland does in France. By applying a gender lens to this strategy, we will ensure that gender equality is appropriately mainstreamed across the entire scope of our action.
I commit to holding diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias training for all Embassy of Ireland in France personnel in 2021, to increase awareness of unconscious gender biases which may lead to discrimination, including those based on race, sexual orientation, ability, and other factors.