Embassy evening series social media and women's international leadership


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It is time for women to make up 50% of those recommending and deciding on international development and humanitarian budgets. In 2010 the 34 countries in the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) disbursded some 140 billion USD in aid, and these decisions were made by governments for the most part headed by men and by parliaments made up by 80% men, and with approval of finance ministers of whom there are very few women globally. It appears no country has adopted an action plan to achieve gender parity among ambassadors. Interestingly, ambassadors to the UN have recommended for decades that UN employees should consist of equal numbers of men and women at all levels, yet Member States have not committed to the same goal in their own diplomatic ranks. Hopefully an information campaign via social media will help convince governments to adopt a gender parity goal in this crucial area. Please join in and post on Facebook Wave of Women Ambassadors what your country does to advance women in diplomacy and international development! Follow @AmbassadorWoman and share your knowledge about women's international leadership, thank you

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Embassy evening series social media and women's international leadership

  1. 1. Embassy Evening Series March 28, 2012BREAKING THE STAINED GLASS CEILING: WOMEN & LEADERSHIP Introduction of Wave of Women Ambassadors – Social Media Campaign Gry Tina Tinde, Diversity Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank Venue: Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda to the USA, Washington, D.C.
  2. 2. Click for link to article on Study on Top UN Peacebuilders publish
  3. 3. 1325 IGNOREDDDR-meeting in Aveba, Dem Rep of Congo 2006
  5. 5. THE TYPICAL SRSG• Male (23 of 24 are men)• Approx. 60 years old• Former foreign minister, ambassador, esp. to the UN, or Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator• Former SRSG or DSRSG• Decades of (net)working on UN issues• Little or no public display of interest in gender equality or UNSC 1325
  6. 6. SRSG history 1945-2007 Angela King, Jamaica Carolyn McAskie, CanadaGro Harlem Brundtland Norway Margaret J. Anstee, UK Heidi Tagliavini Switzerland Elisabeth Rehn, Finland
  7. 7. References to 1325 among 660 statements investigated 4% 96% 1 1. 632 no ref. 2 2. 28 direct1: 632 (96%) Google references to ”Name Family Name” (SRSG/DSRSG orSpecial Envoy) with no mention of 1325 in first 10 search instances2. 28 (4%) direct individual references to importance of UNSC 1325
  8. 8. Individuals referring to 1325 82 % 1 1: 54 persons 2 2: 12 personsOut of 66 SRSGs, DSRGs and Special Envoys, 12 had mentioned 1325at least once in the first 10 Google hits. Hence 82 % had not mentioned1325 in first 10 Google hits
  9. 9. How many mentioned 1325 just once? 1 6 mentioned 2 only onceOut of the 12 SRSG, DSRSG or Special Envoys (of 66 individuals in total)who spoke of 1325, 6 mentioned it just once in the first 10 Google hits
  10. 10. WHO SPOKE THE MOST ABOUT 1325?• Among all 66 SRSGs, DSRSGs and Special Envoys who were examined only one spoke of 1325 five times in the 10 first direct hits: Ellen Margrethe Løj, SRSG in Liberia.• Three persons spoke four times about 1325:• Youssef Mahmoud, Exec Rep of the S-G in Burundi• Rima Salah, DSRSG for Chad and CAR• Alan Doss, SRSG for the Dem Rep of Congo• 54 SRSG/DSRSG/Special Envoys did not mention 1325 in the 10 first Google hits
  11. 11. WHO SPOKE THE MOST ABOUT 1325?• Two persons addressed 1325 three times:• Ameerah Haq, DSRSG in Sudan• Ian Martin, SRSG in Nepal• Six persons mentioned 1325 once:• Francois Louseny Fall, SRSG Central African Rep.• Abou Moussa, Prinicipal DSRSG Ivory Coast• Jordan Ryan, DSRSG Liberia• Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, SRSG Somalia• Ashraf Jehangir Qasi, SRSG Sudan• Jan Eliasson, Special Envoy to Darfur
  12. 12. Let’s face itWomen and men have equal value as human beings,but different experiences and attitudes.In matters of life and death, war and peace, gender balance atall decision-making levels is crucial.Opinions of the Wars. A 2011 Pew Research survey findsthat women veterans are more critical than their male counterpartsof the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—fully 63% say the Iraq warwas not worth fighting and 54% say Afghanistan has notbeen worth it (compared with 47% and 39% of male veterans,respectively). Link to Pew Research findings on female and male U.S. veteran
  13. 13.  In 1989 some 89 % of ambassadors to the UN were male After 23 years of “intense gender equality efforts” it has decreased to 87%
  14. 14. Thank you