United Nations Gender Network: United Nations Policy Proposal on Gender Equality and Parity

20 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2018

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Rosa Freedman

University of Reading - School of Law

Aoife O'Donoghue

Durham Law School

Date Written: January 31, 2018

Abstract

The UN Gender Network (UNGN) is rooted in both strengthening the UN’s leadership of gender equality and the empowerment of women working within the UN Secretariat, Funds, Programmes and Agencies. The UNGN believes that to enhance the UN’s leadership legitimacy in all areas but particularly regarding gender equality; to ensure the UN attracts the best talent from around the globe and to guarantee the UN fully represents ‘we the peoples’ significant change regarding gender equality amongst UN staff is required.

This policy paper places the women who work at the UN at its core. This policy looks at the history of women working at the Organisation, past attempts to strengthen their roles and looking to the future, suggests changes at the both the policy and practice levels to ensure that women working at the UN will be better served. This policy proposal aims to cause a significant shift in not just the numbers of women working at all levels at the UN but also their experiences within the workplace. The policy’s goal is to make the UN a better place for all staff to work and in doing so ensuring they can lead states in making their own workplaces into spaces where gender equality is without question a good.

Keywords: United Nations, UN Secretariat, Gender Equality, Gender Parity

Suggested Citation

Freedman, Rosa and O'Donoghue, Aoife, United Nations Gender Network: United Nations Policy Proposal on Gender Equality and Parity (January 31, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3114056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3114056

Rosa Freedman

University of Reading - School of Law ( email )

Reading, RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

Aoife O'Donoghue (Contact Author)

Durham Law School ( email )

Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham, County Durham DH1 3ET
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/staff/?id=5868

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