The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organziation (UNIDO) has presented Gender Equality Mobilization (GEM) Awards to staff members and teams in recognition of their exceptional efforts to prioritize gender equality and gender-responsive behavior in their work.
Addressing an audience of diplomats and staff members at the award ceremony, UNIDO Gender Coordinator Hedda Oehlberger-Femundsenden spoke of UNIDO’s commitment to advancing gender equality as a vital stepping stone towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development. “Every way we look at it, women hold untold amounts of potential for driving global prosperity and growth. For UNIDO, the questions are: What do we need to do to tap into this potential? How do we support women as innovators and leaders, and and ensure their active participation as the world economy evolves?”
The importance of investing in women’s talent and innovation was underscored by the work of the winning teams and staff members. The UNIDO team in Pakistan navigated a challenging country context to develop impactful strategies and advocacy efforts enabling more women to participate in and benefit from the Global Cleantech Innovation Program Pakistan. The gender champions of the Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) team targeted the traditionally male-dominated fields of heavy-duty equipment and commercial vehicles, as well as forestry, by developing specific measures to support industrial skills training for women.
At headquarters, staff members were recognized for their individual efforts to advance gender equality throughout the Organization. Advocacy and Media Relations Officer Charles Arthur’s consistent sharing of information related to gender and application of a gender-responsive perspective in written articles has raised organizational awareness and helped promote UNIDO’s impact on gender equality through its technical cooperation activities. Industrial Development Officer Claudia Linke-Heep promoted gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities, in particular through the development of the flagship project, “Economic Empowerment of Women in Green Industry.
” Senior Industrial Development Officer Gabriele Ott was recognized for her longstanding contributions and active engagement in gender issues, particularly in encouraging gender mainstreaming, innovation and the establishment of partnerships with Member States on gender equality promoting initiatives."