Gabriela Ramos spearheads UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector. She oversees the contributions of the Organisation to building inclusive and peaceful societies and promoting social inclusion, gender equality, youth development, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, the ethics of artificial intelligence, the values of sport, and respect for human rights and dignity. She used to be Chief of Staff and G20/G7/APEC Sherpa for the OECD, where she led the gender strategy. Her work for gender equality earned her the 2017 and 2018 Forbes Excellence Award. A Fulbright and Ford McArthur Fellow, she is a member of the board of the Paris Peace Forum, the UNICEF Advisory Board, the IGC Paris Hub Steering Group, and two Lancet Commissions.
Gender-based discrimination impedes women’s empowerment in different spheres of their personal and professional development all around the world. Gender gaps in the legal profession and the absence of women’s perspectives in this area cause the reproduction of harmful patterns of biases and discrimination that fail so many women, but also men. The paradox is that this is a sector that is called upon to correct injustices! Our main message at UNESCO is having more women in any profession serves the dual purpose of respecting their rights, and taking advantage of their contributions, which improves the performance of the sector through increased diversity and more sensitive and open environments. There is no doubt that this is a win-win equation, particularly to secure the rule of law. Thus, our strong support goes to the Women in Law Initiative!