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Women at Work–Lunchtime Talks @ WIPO--Room AB 13.1
May 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Are you looking for inspiration and insights into making the best out of life and career opportunities? 

Come and join us!

Men and partners of staff members are most welcome.


Her Excellency Ms. Amanda Ellis

Ambassador, Head of Mission, Permanent Representative for United Nations, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

Permanent Mission of New Zealand, Geneva, Switzerland

Monday, May 4, 2022

12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Room AB 13.1**

RSVP:  please sign up here.

Please find Ambassador Ellis’ biography here.

The presentation will be in English and Q&A in both French and English.

(Participation will count as working time.)

* Women at Work – Lunchtime Talks invites women and men within and outside WIPO to share their thoughts and experiences on life and career.  It is intended to provide opportunities for women and men to find inspiration, role models, and insights into making the best out of life and career opportunities.

Femmes au travail – Déjeuners‑débats*

Êtes‑vous en quête d’inspiration et d’idées sur la meilleure manière de tirer parti des perspectives d’évolution personnelle et professionnelle qui s’offrent à vous?  Rejoignez-nous!

Les hommes et les conjoints des fonctionnaires sont les bienvenus.

Conférencière :

Son Excellence Madame Amanda Ellis

Ambassadeur, chef de mission, représentante permanente pour les Nations Unies, envoyée spéciale du Premier ministre de la Nouvelle‑Zélande

Mission permanente de la Nouvelle-Zélande, Genève, Suisse

Lundi 4 mai 2022

12 h 30 à 13 h 30

Salle AB 13.1**

RSVP : merci de vous enregistrer ici.

La biographie de l’Ambassadeur Ellis peut être consultée ici.

La présentation sera donnée en anglais, suivie par une séance de questions/ réponses, en français et en anglais.

(Votre participation sera considérée comme temps de travail.)

* L’initiative Femmes au travail – Déjeuners‑débats a pour objet d’inviter des femmes et des hommes, fonctionnaires à l’OMPI ou venant de l’extérieur, à échanger leurs réflexions et partager leur expérience personnelle et professionnelle.  Elle vise à donner la possibilité aux femmes et aux hommes en quête d’inspiration, de modèles et d’idées, de mieux tirer parti des perspectives d’évolution personnelle et professionnelle qui s’offrent à eux.

**Veuillez noter que seule la consommation d’eau est autorisée dans la salle AB 13.1.


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Nov 25 all-day

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.


Human Rights Day
Dec 10 all-day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50thanniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.

“Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago. For more this year’s theme and the year-long campaign, see the website of the UN Human Rights office.

Human Rights Day
Dec 10 all-day

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.


Intl. Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Feb 6 all-day

On 20 December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/67/146 in which it
Calls upon States, the United Nations system, civil society and all stakeholders to continue to observe 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and to use the day to enhance awareness- raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations”.

In December 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted without a vote Resolution A/RES/69/150 “Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations”, callling upon member States to develop, support and implement comprehensive and integrated strategies for the prevention of FGM including training of medical personnel, social workers and community and religious leaders to ensure they provide competent, supportive services and care to women and girls who are at risk of or who have undergone FGM. The resolution also acknowledges that intensifying efforts for the elimination of FGM is needed, and in this regard, the importance of giving the issue due consideration in the elaboration of the post-2022 development agenda.

More on the United Nations website:


International Women’s Day (IWD)
Mar 8 all-day

Celebrated by women’s rights activists across the world annually on 8 March, International Women’s Day (IWD) has been marked by the UN since 1975.