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Gender-responsive initiatives to accelerate gender equality’

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The Gender Responsive Assemblies Toolkit & ‘Gender-responsive initiatives to accelerate gender equality’ @ the Human Rights Council

Assemblies bring together world leaders and decision makers, mostly men, and allow for the setting of strategic direction as well as creating forums for robust debate and ultimately the reaching of agreement. Thus, the decisions made at Assemblies have an impact on the lives of all individuals, including half the world’s population – women.

Women@theTable is proud to continue work as a co-chair with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Sweden steering the International Gender Champions' Representation Impact Group as well as with a cohort of international organisation focal points to create the Gender Responsive Assemblies Toolkit.

The Gender Responsive Assemblies Toolkit is a powerful and practical ‘How To’ for all those interested in creating a more inclusive and representative environment at their assemblies, which we believe will reinvigorate the democratic process. The Toolkit encourages gender balance on delegations, promoting meaningful participation of women in deliberations, and advancing gender equality on agendas and outcomes. The Toolkit articulates the common denominators that can be applied before, during and after an Assembly. It highlights best practices and lessons learned to help achieve immediate, consistent, and measurable progress on the road to parity and gender responsiveness.

Gender-responsive assemblies have the powerful potential to drive effective change within the work of any organization, especially those that are international and multilateral in scope. In this context, Women@theTable is delighted to be moderating the Human Rights Council (HRC) annual panel discussion on the integration of a gender perspective in the work of the HRC and its mechanisms on 23 September 2019, 4 - 6 p.m., Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva (the panel discussion will be broadcast live and archived on http://webtv.un.org). The theme of the panel discussion is Gender-responsive initiatives to accelerate gender equality’ and will focus on gender parity as a key element of gender equality and how it contributes to the integration of a gender perspective in the work of the HRC and its mechanisms. The panel discussion will analyze new gender-responsive initiatives, such as gender responsive assemblies, and how they have potential to drive effective change within the HRC and its mechanisms. The panel discussion will take stock of the developments of the integration of a gender perspective with a focus on gender parity and consider the remaining challenges to achieve parity in international human rights bodies, in particular the HRC and its mechanisms.

 

Women@theTable looks forward to a fruitful discussion with Ms Elizabeth S. Salmón, Chair of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, Ms Alejandra Vicente, Member of the Secretariat of the GQUAL Campaign and Head of Law at REDRESS and others. Ms Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights will provide an opening statement at the panel discussion.

 

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