IOM, UNOG, UNOHCHR and US Host Geneva Event on Tackling Gender Bias

Gender and Migration

Switzerland - To mark International Women's Day 2016 on March 8th, IOM, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Permanent Mission of the United States will jointly host an event under the auspices of the Geneva Gender Champions initiative/network, to discuss invisible gender bias and its impact on gender equality.

The event will take place on 7th March 2016 from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm in the UNOG Library at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

"Planet 50-50 - Tackling Invisible Gender Bias" will be facilitated by Tanya M. Odom, an expert in inclusive leadership. It will offer a unique opportunity to hear global leaders recount their personal experiences of dealing with cultural bias and with organizational structures and practices that inadvertently benefit men and disadvantage women.

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, UNOG Director General Michael Møller, US Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto and Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore will participate in the dialogue.

Following the dialogue, participants will take part in an interactive session designed to raise awareness of recent advances in neuroscience and organizational psychology and learn how they can help to inform actions to tackle invisible gender bias.

For further information, please contact Theodora Suter at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 94 78, Email: