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Eight UNOG female staff talk cheerfully in one of the conference rooms




UN Geneva is working to improve the representation of women at all levels in order to reach parity, to establish an inclusive and enabling organizational culture free from gender bias and discrimination, and to ensure gender equality and the empowerment of women in its work. UN Geneva’s efforts are implemented through its Policy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (extended through 2024).

Adopted in 2017 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity sets targets and monitors the following areas: leadership and accountability; senior management; recruitment and retention; creating an enabling environment; and Mission settings.





Director-General Valovaya

Tatiana Valovaya
Director-General, UN Geneva

"As the first female Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and having worked in male-dominated spheres during many years of my career, my ultimate goal is that women and men are granted equal opportunities in my organization and beyond. It is self-evident that we will not achieve any of our goals if half of humanity is left aside."

  • I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.
  • Issue a revision of UNOG’s Policy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for the next period.
  • UN Geneva is partnering in a series of photo exhibitions “17 faces of action” in different countries to recognize and demonstrate the contribution of women to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with subsequent large-scale combined event at the Palais des Nations.


UN Geneva SWAP results

Since 2012, the UN System-Wide Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has served as an accountability framework for gender equality and women’s empowerment across the UN system. It establishes a set of common measures with which to measure progress achieved by UN entities towards gender equality. Each entity reports on its UN-SWAP results annually. UN Geneva has provided reports since 2014. In addition, UN Geneva decided to make the reports public.