High level UN conference on the empowerment of women

MEP Lívia Járóka participated at the High Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council titled 'The Power of Empowered Women'. At the invitation of Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, women leaders form around the world have gathered in the Palace of Nations in Geneva to discuss the transformative role of women in society and politics as a key component of democracy and good governance.

Lívia Járóka, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, participated in a working dinner in the presence of female UN ambassadors and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. At the discussion, Járóka presented the EU Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies and highlighted that this year the European Parliament would dedicate a resolution to the situation of Roma women and the advancement of their social inclusion. As the appointed Rapporteur of the document, she expressed her hope that her recommendations regarding the effective implementation of the Framework and the improvement of the situation of Roma women would contribute to achieving tangible and profound changes until the end of this decade.

Subsequently, guests exchanged their views on the promotion of gender equality and the transformative role of female leaders at the High Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Lívia Járóka spoke about the issues of the 'glass ceiling' blocking the career progress of women, the gender pay gap and the reconciliation of family life and work, as the factors resulting in the lower number of female leaders. Among others, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Vesna Pusić, Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, Ruth Dreifuss, former President of the Swiss Confederation and Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize winner participated at the high level event.