CEN and CENELEC to sign UNECE Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards on 14th May  

On 14th May, Ms Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC, will participate to the official Opening of the Signature of the Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development of UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, together with many other national, regional and international standardization bodies. Ms Santiago Cid will represent CEN and CENELEC during a high-level panel discussion dedicated to the role of women in standards development. The full programme of the Opening Ceremony can be found here.

The signing event will be held from 11:00 to 13:00 hrs, in Room XIV (Cinema Room) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, in the presence of Olga Alvayerova, the United Nations’ Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNECE. Interested participants will be able to follow the event online and engage in real time through Facebook Live and a UN live broadcast.

The Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standard Development aims to assist national standards bodies and standards developing organizations in identifying actions to support the creation of gender responsive standards. These include improving the gender balance of participants in standards development; ensuring that the content of standards takes into account gender specific sensitivities; and monitoring standards implementation to achieve gender balance.

In signing the Declaration, CEN and CENELEC are proud to join other national and international standardization bodies in making the standard development process more gender-responsive, thus contributing to achieve Goal 5 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.

For more information on the event and on the UNECE Declaration, please contact Deborah Wautier