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Upcoming event: Advancing Gender Equality – Institutional Mechanisms at the Centre of Solutions

WHEN: 17 March 2022, 13:00 – 14:30 CET
WHERE: Online (Zoom)
ORGANISED BY: the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Government of Sweden

Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women have been established in nearly every country around the world, also in the OSCE region from North America to Europe and Central Asia. They apply diverse strategies, but all with the same goal: to further promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through the governments’ actions.

On the occasion of the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, ODIHR and the Government of Sweden are co-organising a side event to discuss ways to strengthen institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women and gender equality across the OSCE region with international experts.

The event will feature a presentation of initial findings from an OSCE-wide mapping on the status, activities, achievements, lessons learned and good practices of institutional mechanisms. The presentation will be delivered by Prof. Amy Mazur of the Washington State University. It will be followed by a discussion of selected examples of lessons learned and innovations that institutional mechanisms can bring to policymaking and institutional transformation.

Dr. Yulia Netesova, ODIHR Chief of the Democratic Governance and Gender Unit will open the event, to be moderated by Saša Gavrić, ODIHR Associate Gender Officer. A Representative of Sweden to the United Nations will deliver closing remarks.

The following experts will participate in the discussion:

  • Maruša Gortnar, Head of Operations, European Institute for Gender Equality
  • Prof. Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy, Ukraine
  • Dr. Lenita Freidenvall, Head of the Gender Equality Division, Ministry of Employment, Sweden

Target audience:

  • Representatives of governmental institutional mechanisms on the advancement of women and gender equality, with a focus on experts from OSCE participating States in Europe and North America;
  • Representatives of international and national women’s organisations and other civil society initiatives working on gender equality;
  • Representatives of international organisations working on issues of gender equality;
  • Representatives of OSCE executive structures and delegations/missions of OSCE participating States.


All interested participants need to register here. Once registered, participants will receive an event link to their e-mail address.

Technical information

The event will be held online, via the Zoom conferencing platform. Working language will be English. Translation to Russian will be provided.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Saša Gavrić, ODIHR Associate Gender Officer, at sasa.gavric@odihr.pl.

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