“The equal representation of women and men in all levels of decision-making, employment and education, gender parity goes far deeper than the simply symbolic and visible advancement of specific individuals. It is a crucial indicator of progress towards gender equality. And more importantly, it is a fundamental matter of rights: women and men must be able to participate equally in all spheres of life. They must be equally empowered to voice their opinions and argue for their needs.”
I, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, support the GGC Panel Parity Pledge.
As the High Commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), I commit to also undertake the following:
- Improve gender balance in senior management (P5 and above) in OHCHR.
- Meet with at least one women’s organization or woman human rights defender in each of my field visits.