Champion
Veronika Bard
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in Geneva
Veronika Bard

Women’s rights are human rights. As a committed International Gender Champion my focus lies on moving forward.  Backsliding or status quo is not an option. Gender equality is still not a reality everywhere and for everyone. Ashamedly, backtracking on progress achieved is now happening throughout the world. We all need to pull in the same direction to attain lasting progress and sustainable development. The power of this network is in the collectivity – we are all running it, we are all leading it and we are all responsible.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I commit to undertake the following:

  • In our dialogue with, and in governing boards of, international organizations in Geneva, encourage organizations to: 1) Attain gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) through both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, 2) Integrate the gender dimension in programmes, policies, and normative and operational work, and 3) Put in place comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual abuse and exploitation.

  • Promote work-family life balance through: 1) Early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and 2) Avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.