FAO’s Women’s Committee celebrates its second birthday

First Vice-President Campbell Barr underlined the importance of solidarity, passion, and compassion. “Every day we must work at being a better person to build a better community, society, and a better world” she said.


The FAO Women’s Committee today held a special celebratory VirtualiTea to mark the Committee’s second anniversary in the presence of FAO’s Director-General QU Dongyu and Her Excellency Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr, First Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica.

Expressing his pleasure in participating in the event, the Director-General said that the Women’s Committee played a part in keeping the FAO family together during successive lockdowns related to COVID-19 and now, as much of the world returns to a more normal working situation, he urged the Committee to maintain these events which, he said, has consistently showcased ideas and actions that can empower women - and through them FAO.

Under the leadership of FAO’s Deputy Director-General Marie Helena Semedo, he said, the Women’s Committee “has helped the Organization to build a space where women can express themselves openly and share their experiences on issues of concern, both professional and personal, with women colleagues, and men, across all the FAO Offices worldwide.”

“The Women’s Committee is drawing attention to and supporting the work carried out by FAO’s Gender Team, particularly mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment across all the activities of the Organization, to meet the UN System-Wide Strategy on Gender Parity” he said.

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