Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Mobilizing men and boys for Gender Equality

13/06/2017 - 00:00
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On the margins of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council, the EU organized on 13 June 2017 - together with the Permanent Missions of Iceland and Canada in Geneva - a "Barbershop" conference to mobilise men and boys for gender equality and women's empowerment

Ambassador Mara Marinaki, EEAS Principal Adviser on Gender and on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, represented the EU during the event. Ambassador Marinaki emphasized that "the role of women and men as caregivers should be neutral"; hence, a role exchange should be instituted. She underscored that the "limitations and hurdles are to be overcome for women to gain access to the workplace and an equitable role". She added that "gender perception should change and we should raise boys like girls"; indeed, she stressed: "we do not ask boys how they will combine raising children with having a career".

The conference also counted on the presence of: Mr Gary Barker, President and CEO, and Shereen El Feki, Senior Fellow, from Promundo; Ms Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights; Ms Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre; Ms Sonali Khan, Vice President and Country Director Breakthrough; Mr Douglas Mendoza, Regional Coordinator, MenEngage Alliance, Latin America; H.E. Alvaro Cedeño Molinari, Costa Rica's Ambassador to the WTO; H.E. Mr Thorsteinn Víglundsson, Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Equality; and Dr Sharman Stone, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls. 

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