Female UN Officials: Gender Equality 'Key Goal' for Future Development
Uploaded Time: 2017-05-16

In a recent article published by the All-China Women's Federation, three current UN officials from China shared their unique perspectives on gender equality.

Yang Wenyan, Jiang Hua and Wang Xiaojun all state that gender equality is an important sustainable development goal as set by the international organization for 2030.

Yang Wenyan: Men's Support Can Help Achieve Gender Equality

"Women's endeavors and men's support should be combined to achieve the ultimate success," said Yang, deputy-chief of the Social Perspective on Development branch under the UN's Devision for Social Policy and Development.

Yang is particularly proud of her job. She offers suggestions to UN countries on social and economic development, and serves as a bridge to connect academic research and actual policy-making.

The UN has attached great significance to gender equality in terms of both its inner management and promoting initiatives among member countries, Yang said.

"In most cases, men have a higher social status than women. And that's why we are promoting the gender issue," Yang explained.

Jiang Hua: Equality Means Even Share of 50:50

"Although 'equality' means 50:50, the gender ratio among UN offices is seriously imbalanced," said Jiang, director of the Press and Media Division of the UN's Department of Public Information.

"Men have over 90 percent of the positions as directors here," Jiang added.

To tackle this problem, the UN has endeavored to recruit more female applicants who are qualified for the jobs, Jiang pointed out.

Wang Xiaojun: Family Is Indispensable to the Whole Social Work

Wang recalled that she has been working in the UN for 14 years, and her current position is as chief expert of the South-South Cooperation Scheme under the UN Development Program.

"Women, no matter what kind of job they have, should learn to face challenges and opportunities throughout their whole careers," Wang said.

"However, opponents may still have gender bias in some occupations," she added.

Nowadays, people should also consider the definition of "work" in a broader category including people's labor at home, Wang believes.

According to the UN's People's Development Report from 2015, some social practices such as caring for youngsters or the elderly, or community voluntary services, can also be regarded as work, even though such labor is not currently counted into countries' GDP.

"From this point of view, housework is part of a woman's contribution to society, not a burden to her career," Wang suggested.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)