Portaits of women
Eight influential women from international organizations based in Vienna have agreed to share their vision of the challenges posed by gender equality through their portraits, which retrace varied and always inspiring paths.
Equality between women and men, a major cause of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, a priority for the French G7 Presidency in 2019
Declared a major cause of the presidency by Emmanuel Macron in 2017, equality between women and men now mobilizes the entire French government and is part of an ambitious strategy. Whether it is to spread the culture of equality from an early age, to eliminate wage inequalities and promote a better balance between personal and professional life, to prevent and combat all forms of gender-based and sexual violence, to promote parity in all spheres of society... the government is committed wherever inequalities continue to exist: in schools, on the streets, in administrations and businesses, in transport, in the media, in the territories, in households, on the Internet.
Internationally, the economic and social empowerment of women and gender equality is one of the fundamental elements of sustainable development. Women and girls are particularly affected by poverty and conflict. They continue to face specific difficulties related to their status in society and gender discrimination, in all fields and in all categories of countries. Because inequalities between women and men and the injustices suffered by women are unacceptable, France made gender equality a priority for its presidency of the G7 in 2019, so that it becomes a major global cause.
France’s international strategy for equality between women and men (2018-2022), a milestone in France’s foreign policy
Women’s rights have long been one of the hallmarks of French foreign policy.
France’s new international strategy for gender equality for 2018-2022 thus aims to strengthen resources and capacities to better integrate gender issues into France’s overall external action (development cooperation, economy, influence, cultural and educational issues, integration of the Ministry’s internal commitments in terms of parity and professional equality).
Within the Permanent Representation, this commitment to equality and gender mainstreaming is directly supported by the Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Jean-Louis Falconi, who belongs to the network of "gender champions". The international network of gender champions is composed of male and female decision-makers from civil society, international organizations or Member States committed to making gender equality a reality within their sphere of influence.
Eight influential women in international organizations based in Vienna will testify throughout the summer about their careers and the policies implemented by their organization to achieve real equality between men and women
While gender equality (the 5th sustainable development goal of Agenda 2030) is one of the priorities of the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the three UN organizations present in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), are implementing in place a proactive policy to promote women’s access to positions of responsibility.
Coming from various backgrounds, which reflect the diversity of activities encountered in Vienna, eight influential women in international organizations have agreed to draw a brief portrait to make their background better known, their experience as women in international organizations, and their perception of the challenges of gender equality, particularly with regard to access to positions of responsibility, or the place of women in scientific and technical fields.
Throughout the summer of 2019, discover these eight portraits of inspiring and influential women:
- Margarete Sobral, Director of Human Resources (CTBTO) ;
- Najat Mokhtar, DDG for Nuclear Science and Applications (IAEA) ;
- Anna Joubin-Bret, Executive Secretary of UNCITRAL ;
- Aruni Wijewardane, Head of the Secretariat of Policy-making Organs (IAEA) ;
- Angela Me, Head of Research and Trend Analysis Branch, ONUDC ;
- Mary-Alice Hayward, DDG, Director of Management, IAEA ;
- Miwa Kato, Director of the UNODC Operations Division.