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  • General

     1 November 2013

    SWAP and Women's representation in the UN System

    Resource people

    Facilitator: Tom Wambeke (ITC-ILO)

    Introduction: Alicia Ziffer (UN Women) and Johanne Lortie (ITC-ILO)

    Presenter: Aparna Mehrota (UN Women)




    Listen to Aparna Mehrota, Senior Advisor on Coordination and Focal Point for Women in the UN System UN Women on the making of the UN-SWAP (UN system-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment). The UN system-wide accountability framework is designed to measure, monitor and drive progress towards a common set of standards to which to aspire and adhere for the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It applies to all entities, departments and offices of the UN system. The goal is to enhance the UN system’s ability to hold itself accountable for and deliver in a unified and more comprehensive manner in support of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

    Learning objectives

    The aim of the webinar was to open a discussion on the challenges concerning the integration of gender equality and women empowerment in the work we do in the UN system. Participants were UN Gender Focal Points participating in the online and the Gender Academy training Programme.


    - Introduction (explanation of the content that will be provided after the webinar, introduction of the team, providing a time-frame of the webinar and give a brief overview of how the webinar will be structured)

    - 20 minutes presentation by Aparna Mehrota

    - Conversation through the chat to gather reflections and questions 

    - Wrap-up 

    Biography Presenter 

    Senior Advisor on Coordination and Focal Point for Women in the UN System, Division for Coordination, UN Women

    Ms. Aparna Mehrotra of India has been working with the United Nations for nearly 30 years in several capacities. She served in the United Nations Development Programme in Argentina, Angola and Indonesia, and with the United Nations Capital Development Fund overseeing the development programme on least developed countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua and Bangladesh. As Deputy Chief of the Regional Programme Division in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean she also served as the focal point for gender, led the UNDP Latin America contingent to the World Women's Conference in Beijing, undertook peace-keeping assignments in Nicaragua and Mexico and chaired the UNDP/UNFPA/OPS Disciplinary Committee for five years adjudicating over 70 cases. In 1997 she co-founded the Women's Human Rights Campaign in Latin America focusing on national campaigns in 13 countries to eliminate violence against women and in 2003 authored the Directive against sexual harassment for the UN Military and Police contingents. She is the co-founder, coordinator and lead for the development and implementation of the UN System Wide Action Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, the only harmonized and aged thematic accountability framework in gender for the UN system globally. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University, a law degree and speaks six languages.