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7 Mar 2017

Author:
Linda Kromjong, Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Intl. Organisation of Employers calls for "female-only speaker day" at UN forum on Business & Human Rights

Dear Members of the UN Working Group and the Forum Secretariat…Today marks International Women’s Day with a message of #BeBoldForChange...Much work is needed to achieve gender parity across the broad range of business and human rights issues. In my view, one powerful way to signal the importance of the gender lens would be to introduce a female-only speaker day at the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (27-29 November, Geneva). This could be backed by a challenge to all session organisers that the remaining Forum sessions are composed of at least 50 percent women…Having a female-only speaker day and a programme with at least 50 percent female speakers would send a loud signal that the UN Forum is seeking to redress an historical and global imbalance when it comes to public discourse…The international community largely fails to ensure a critical mass of female voices across various fora. I urge the UN Working Group and the Forum Secretariat to be bold and push our community to practice what it regularly preaches...

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