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“The Women’s Leadership Programme is driven by the fact that women’s equality and empowerment is good politics, good economics, good for social inclusion and an important way of ensuring peaceful and just societies.”

- Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNITAR Executive Director

Training and capacity building are essential to converting ambition and commitments into measurable and impactful change. Since 2015, UNITAR has been working with partners across the UN System, to support the achievement of gender parity targets and ensure women’s full and effective participation in decision-making processes.

With the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 .5 on inclusive decision making, the Women’s Leadership Programme seeks to address the gender imbalance that exists at the highest levels, including in multilateral negotiations and decision-making, in public and private sectors.

Recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration (1995) and the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), UNITAR will launch a new customized and comprehensive global programme for Women in Peace, including in negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution contexts, supported by donors to UNITAR’s Strategic Framework Fund.

In 2020/2021, the Women’s Leadership Programme aims to deliver training and awareness-raising activities to over 500 mid-to senior-level women, to building skills, providing coaching and mentorship opportunities, and delivering high-level events to deliver transformational change in the empowerment of women in contexts critical to sustainable development processes.

The Programme’s Activities

Since its launch in May 2015, the programme has held Geneva workshops for the female delegates to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Congressthe Radiocommunication Assembly/World Radiocommunication Conference, as well as an open workshop to women from Geneva’s International community and one in New York for the female delegates to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Women’s Leadership training programme is mainly taking place online at the moment.

In 2020, around 120 women could enhance their professional skills relating to leadership, public speaking, and mentoring online. In small groups, participants learned how to own their personal and cultural leadership styles and maximise their unique strengths.

In 2021, UNITAR’s Division for Multilateral Diplomacy is strengthening its efforts to provide capacity-building training for women all over the world and offers a wide range of online training opportunities.

Working with partners, the Programme also facilitates regular awareness-raising and networking events. 

For more information on ongoing trainings and customised activities, kindly contact us at amine.mesdoua@unitar.org.

“Tania has been an outstanding facilitator. Connecting with us, adapting content, reacting, having impact. ” - Geneva open workshop participant

“I have always been determined and focused but I have learnt to seek support whenever needed. There is no super woman.”  - WMO Delegate

“A greater presence of women in negotiations is vital and will help promote the development of radiocommunication” - ITU Delegate

Ongoing Activities

  • e-Workshop on Gender, Women's Leadership and Mentoring

Deadline: 25 October 2021

Dates: 1 -3 November 2021


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