Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN, Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, speaks about Qatar’s work to reach gender parity. Photo: UN Women/Susan Markisz
At a side event during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, senior UN officials, along with Member States and civil society partners, discussed the latest measures to reach gender parity within the UN System.
Eighteen years past the original target date, the goal of gender parity in the UN has yet to be realized, with men dominating higher level appointments. Peacekeeping, which is the most visible face of the UN, has only 3 per cent of female peacekeepers and 10 per cent of female police.
Secretary-General António Guterres launched the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity in September 2017, with the goal of reaching parity across the board by 2028. The strategy provides recommended actions and targets for senior appointments, for significantly increasing the number of women peacekeepers and police, and for building an enabling environment through measures such as family-friendly policies, flexible working arrangements, as well as standards of conduct. It also provides for shadow reporting by civil society organizations, with support from UN Women.