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Gender-Responsive Assemblies Toolkit @UN General Assembly

Gender-Responsive Assemblies- An Agenda for Concrete Action

The IGC Representation Impact Group co-chaired by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Women@theTable, and Sweden worked hard all summer with a cohort of international organization focal points* to create the Gender Responsive Assemblies Toolkit designed for all those interested in creating a more inclusive and harassment-free environment at their assemblies, encouraging gender balance on delegations, promoting meaningful participation of women in deliberations, and advancing gender equality on agendas and outcomes.

Above l. to r. our high-level panelists after their conversation

  • H.E. Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN
  • H.E. Pennelope Beckles, Permanent Representative of Trinidad & Tobago to the UN
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
  • Martin Chungong, Secretary-General, Inter-Parliamentary Union

We believe the representation change equation can come from this end of the organizational spectrum as well as the member state/delegation side.

Clearly, as #Metoo continues to snowball into a global movement, there is a growing awareness of the importance of gender parity in all human activities. Assemblies are an important part of the work of any international organization. They set strategic direction and create forums for robust debate and reaching of agreement. But while they bring together world leaders and decision-makers who are mostly men, their decisions have an impact on the lives of women and men, boys and girls, at every level.

AT the UN General Assembly on September 28th, at UN Headquarters, IGC and the Representation Impact Group held an event to address opportunities for advocacy and action by all interested parties from Member States to Civil Society, and how Secretariats and Heads of Organizations can collaborate to drive urgent action to sustainably include women in all decision-making processes from the international to national level, and to advance gender equality in their decisions and deliberations.

Check out the practical & quite powerful Gender-Responsive Assemblies Toolkit

We are very proud of it if that wasn't completely clear!

* Members of the IGC Representation Impact group co-chaired by IPU, w@tt, and Sweden contributing to this document are ILO, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITU, IUCN, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNCTAD, UNFCCC, UNOG, WHO, WIPO, WMO, with special thanks to UN-Women.

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