October 12, 2020 @ 14:30 – October 12, 2020 @ 15:30

Date: 12 October 2020

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 AM EST/

14:30-15:30 PM CET

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Family-friendly policies are a key pillar of the Enabling Environment Guidelines for the United Nations System, developed by UN Women in support of the Secretary-General's System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, as they enable staff to effectively balance personal, family and professional commitments throughout their career and hence are critical to reaching gender parity.

Parental leave is an essential tool to attract and retain the best talent, to foster high staff engagement, and promote a supportive and sustainable working environment. How can we leverage parental leave to transform our organizational culture?

This panel discussion is co-hosted by the International Gender Champions and UN Women. The panelists will explore good practices and the impact of implementing progressive parental leave policies.

Join us for a dialogue on parental leave across the UN System!


H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, EU Ambassador to the United Nations

Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women


H.E. Ms. Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations

Ms. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS

Mr. Gary Barker, President & CEO, Promundo-US

Ms. Wafa Abboud, Global Human Resources Business Partner, Open Society Foundation

Ms. Michelle King, Gender equality expert and author of The Fix



Ms. Katja Pehrman, Senior Advisor,

The Office of the Focal Point for Women,


Internal Event - Please RSVP by October 9th. Email admin@genderchampions.com for any questions.