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IPU Secretary General sets out Gender Champions vision

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has already signed the pledge to become a Geneva Gender Champion. ©IPU/Zeina Hilal

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has stressed the organization's commitment to working for gender equality and has outlined strategic steps necessary for progress. In an address to the mid-year review of the International Geneva Gender Champions initiative, Mr Chungong described equality as a key component of better parliaments. He said IPU's strategy to achieve it was focused on setting targets, monitoring and providing support for women's participation in politics, building the capacity of parliaments and helping them with advice and training.

With gender equality among the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030, the Gender Champions project encourages all international organizations based in Geneva to commit themselves to working for equality. Mr Chungong has signed the organization’s pledge, committing to a series of steps including striving for gender parity on IPU panels and boosting women's involvement in IPU Assemblies and decision-making processes. He said it was essential to go beyond quotas in order to reach true parity and gave a warning that “naming and shaming” single sex delegations at Assemblies would be a key weapon in the fight.