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Gender-responsive standards: bringing standards for sustainable development and gender-equality to standards development bodies

01 June 2022 10:00 - 17:00
Hybrid: Room Tempus 2, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

This event took place as part of the WP.6 Forum 

Standards are a pervasive part of our lives. They are at the conceptualization of all products around us and determine what and how is brought onto the market. Until now, very often the reference for establishing standards has been the male morphology, leaving half the population unrepresented in the development of standards for products which they likely use on a daily basis. In order to reach true sustainable development, the 2030 agenda – and more specifically SDG 5 – on gender equality need to be brought into the product lifecycle at the earliest possible time and be considered at all stages.

This one-day event shall bring forward the results of a three-year project within the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) called “Enhancing usage and uptake of standards for sustainable development, gender equality and the empowerment of women”. This project was made possible by a generous contribution from the German government. It shall highlight:

  • The Standards for SDG portal, mapping around twenty thousand standards of a dozen international standards development organizations
  • E-learning modules on key topics relevant to standards development and their use
  • The Gender-Responsive Standards Initiative of WP.6 and the progress it has been able to achieve as well as the points of view of the key stakeholders in this initiative
  • A summary of the training webinars offered to standards development organizations
  • A series of videos from standards development organizations

Beyond what has been accomplished and what we have learned from this work, the event will also look at what are the potential problems and next steps.

For additional information, please consult the event flyer here.

Meeting programme

10:00-10:30 Welcome and keynote


Elisabeth TUERK


Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe




Project Coordinator, German Physikalisch -Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)




Regional Director, Representative to Turkey; Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, UN Women


Stephanie EYNON

[Bio] [PPT]

Lead, ECE - WP.6 - GRSI;

Head of Standards - Makers Engagement & Inclusion, British Standards Institution (BSI)



10:30-11:15 Session 1: ECE WP.6 leading the international community on gender responsive standards


Lorenza JACHIA, Moderator


Senior Development Coordination Officer, UN Resident Coordinator Office, Serbia



[Bio] [PPT]

Documentation and Information Manager, African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO)



[Bio] [PPT]

Lead, ECE – WP.6 – GRSI – PT2;

Manager/Researcher, Standards Council of Canada (SCC)



[Bio] [PPT]

Partner/Research Director, Yellow Window



11:15-12:00 Session 2: Standards for SDG Platform


Lance THOMPSON, Moderator


Secretary, Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe



[Bio] [PPT]

Head of Standards Development, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)



[Bio] [PPT]

Secretary, Conformity Assessment Board, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)


Young-Woo YUN

[Bio] [PPT]

Head of Standards Section, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)



[Bio] [PPT]

Vice Chair México – UNECE Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM-UNECE)



14:00-15:00 Session 3: Implementing Gender-Responsive Standards


Gabrielle WHITE, Moderator


Vice Chair, WP.6;

Senior Trade Policy Advisor, Global Trade Policy Division, Natural Resources, Canada




Head of Trade and Gender Unit, World Trade Organization (WTO)


Lucy HE



Lead, ECE – WP.6 – GRSI – PT1;

Technical Officer, Energy Safety / High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety, Work Safe New Zealand




Project Manager, Policy & Partnerships, CEN/CENELEC


Mónica SANZO


Director of Cooperation and International Relations, Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE)



15:00-16:00 Session 4: Implementing gender action plans: objectives and challenges


Rosie SEVILLE, Moderator



Vice Chair WP.6;

First Secretary, Economic & Trade Team, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva




Senior Official, State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, United States of America




Head of Technical Policies and Standardisation Services, Swedish Institute for Standards (SIS)




Acting Manager, Landing/Destination Inspection Department, Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB)