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Despite the UN Charter arguably setting out legal obligations to ensure gender parity within the UN and initiatives aimed at addressing this, there have been few concrete changes to the lack of gender parity at senior levels. The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security is hosting a debate on the UN's role and performance in achieving gender equality.

The United Nations has developed a strong focus on gender balance and gender sensitivity throughout all of its work. Yet the UN itself has significant problems in relation to gender within its Secretariat, Funds, Programmes and Agencies. This impacts on the UN’s work, and on its legitimacy and credibility.

This panel discussion will focus on why the UN remains deeply unequal in relation to gender, and suggest methods for addressing this issue. The event is part of the AHRC-funded UN Gender Network, which brings together academics, civil society, member states and UN staff to achieve a deep understanding of the causes and impact of gender inequality within the UN and the impact this has on its global leadership and work.

The panel members are: Jane Connors, Prof. Aoife O'Donoghue, Rosalyn Park, Navanethem Pillay, and Karen Pierce. The session will be chaired by Prof. Christine Chinkin, director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.


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Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:00
Event location: 
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, London
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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