Vesna Batistić Kos
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations in Geneva
Vesna Batistić Kos

Half of humankind are women. Such a distribution on birth of every child happens for a reason. Does the professional life of nowadays mirror the same? We are all marked by different circumstances in life. Whether the community were born into, choices we made or were made for us, the life path we have taken, and the list goes on. Still, each and every one of us carries distinctive traits that make us a unique and a special gift to this world. It is a privilege and a duty of a Gender Champion to do whatever it is in our power, and beyond, to ease the path to opportunities of so many women and girls out there, and thus stop wasting the resources the world so desperately needs.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I commit to undertake the following:

  • Work with Geneva based multilateral organisations to ensure that they have robust and transparent systems in place to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, specifically seeking pledges from senior policy makers.

  • To ensure wherever possible that women candidatures for international organizations are given the support. Furthermore, in all public statements place particular stress on gender issues be it in education, human rights, humanitarian, migration, health and trade fora.