Why adopt a policy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
for the United Nations Office at Geneva?
First and foremost:
|In 2012, the United Nations Chief Executive Board for Coordination rolled out the first United Nations inter-agency accountability framework for gender equality and women’s empowerment (UN-SWAP). Analysis of UN-SWAP reporting show that United Nations entities that have adopted gender equality policies perform better in terms of gender equality. |
The Director-General has undertaken to adopt such a policy in 2016, as part of his commitments as “Geneva Gender Champion”.
|As of mid-2015, women were under-represented in the highest professional categories at UNOG, particularly from P-5 to D-2 levels.|
A specific gender policy is needed to accelerate progress towards gender parity at UNOG. In particular, this policy aims to:
- Establish an inclusive organizational culture free from gender bias & discrimination
- Ensure Gender Equality and the empowerment of women in the work of UNOG
- Improve the representation of women at all levels
The objectives of this policy can only be met with the support of the entire UNOG staff. Its effectiveness relies on an accountability framework, which details the actions to be taken by everyone. The complete accountability framework detailing the responsibilities of other key-actors, including the gender focal points, is available here
- The Director-General is accountable for the implementation of the policy.
- All managers will ensure the inclusion of a gender perspective in all areas of the daily work.
- All staff at UNOG are encouraged to support the implementation of the policy in their work. In particular, they contribute to a gender-sensitive work environment.