Barbershop Conference in Geneva

Barbershop Conference in Geneva, 9 March 2016

What was your ‘click’ moment when you first realised there was gender inequality? This simple but very personal question posed by moderator Michael Kimmel set the tone for an intimate and unscripted discussion at the Barbershop Conference in front of a full house at the UN in Geneva.

The high-level panelists spoke from the heart when tackling these challenging but important questions from their own personal and professional experiences. They discussed how gender equality must be practiced both personally and professionally, and how they as leading figures could exact change from their respective positions. 

-       Roberto Azevêdo, Director General, WTO

-       Guy Ryder, Director General, ILO

-       Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

-       Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary and Under-Secretary-General, UNECE

-       Keith Harper, Ambassador, US Representative to the Human Rights Council

According to Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, ‘We wanted to create a space where men could talk about their own role in advancing gender equality and eliminating gender stereotypes. A barbershop is the perfect setting for that, and I believe today’s event was an important contribution to that discussion.’

The Barbershop Conference aims to change the discourse among men on gender equality and mobilise them in this common cause. It is one of a series of such meetings organised by Iceland to build and expand on the success of the High Level Barbershop Conference held at the United Nations in New York, 14-15 January 2015.

The Permanent Mission of Iceland would like to extend its thanks to our distinguished panelists, our moderator Michael Kimmel and to all those who participated. 


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