On Tuesday 30 October, UNESCO’s Division for Gender Equality hosted the Inter-sessional Meeting of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE)*. Representatives from different UN Agencies were present, notably from UN Women, the ILO, UNDP, UNICEF and others. UNESCO’s Director for Priority Gender Equality, Ms Saniye Gülser Corat, made a welcome speech during its opening session and the Secretary of IANWGE, Ms Aparna Mehrotra, introduced the agenda of the day.
The first session discussed ways in which the UN system and IANWGE can engage with and contribute to CSW63 and Beijing +25, followed by a session on better data for gender-responsive implementation of the SDGs.
In the afternoon session, the discussion touched upon emerging issues of system-wide interest: Opportunities for inter-agency engagement and collaboration. As the Division for Gender Equality is leading the debate within UNESCO on the gender dimensions of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ms Corat and Ms Elspeth McOmish, from her team, gave a presentation on “Artificial intelligence, digital skills and gender: UNESCO’s action.” Ms Corat highlighted that by bringing these issues out into the open, UNESCO aims to create a public debate on the gender dimensions of AI, and put pressure on companies to infuse gender equality in their systems and technology.
The last Session was dedicated to the United Nations Reform, including opportunities for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
*The IANWGE is a network of Gender Focal Points in United Nations offices, specialized agencies, funds and programmes and is chaired by UN Women. It consists of approximately 60 members representing 25 entities of the United Nations system, i.e. offices and departments of the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds and programmes, specialized agencies, and the Bretton Woods institutions.