Gender parity: Game changer or gamble?

Published on April 28, 2016

Gender parity: Game changer or gamble?

Gender parity is designed to reduce gender gaps in all sectors, from access to education and parliamentary elections to women’s economic empowerment. But what does parity mean and how does it work in practice?

On International Women’s Day 2016, the inaugural Geneva Gender Debate will consider the motion: This house believes betting on gender parity as the game changer is a risky gamble. Organised by the Geneva Gender Champions and the Graduate Institute’s Programme on Gender and Global Change.



Proposing the motion:

Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR Stuart Halford, Senior Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, The Sexual Rights Initiative.


Opposing the motion:

Elisabeth Prügl, Professor and Director of Programme on Gender and Global Change, the Graduate Institute, Geneva Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre



Scott Weber, Director General, Interpeace


Introductory remarks:

Michael Møller, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva Amb. Pamela Hamamoto, Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations at Geneva