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.
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.