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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 2021).


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.
  • Issue a revision of UN Geneva’s Policy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for the next period.
  • Contribute to UN global efforts to break down gender-based stereotypes, including by taking the photo exhibition entitled “Not a Woman’s Job?” from Geneva to other cities, such as Bern and New York. The exhibition recognizes and supports women all around the world whose professions are traditionally associated with the “man’s world”, such as entrepreneurs, film makers, politicians, security officers, airline pilots, or ship captains. It highlights stories of women who contributed to breaking down deep-rooted gender stereotypes in the workplace.

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.