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Katja Pehrman


Senior Advisor at UN Women; GCSP Alumna

Katja Pehrman is Senior Advisor at UN Women, responsible for issues related to gender parity. Currently she is actively involved in enhancing and implementing measures of the UN Secretary-General's System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity.

Prior to joining UN Women, she served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Finland to the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) in Vienna (2013-2017). In that capacity, she chaired the Human Dimension (Human Rights) Committee of the Organization in 2016, where her focus was on enhancing gender equality and the empowerment of women as well as the rights of persons with disabilities. Moreover, she was one of the initiators of the OSCE Wide Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and a co-founder of the OSCE Group of Friends of Mediation.

In her previous positions, she served as the Chief of Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland as well as the Adviser to the General Director and the Under-Secretary of State at the Political Department. Her postings abroad include the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York and the Permanent Mission to the OSCE, also during Finland's Chairmanship of the Organization in 2008.

Ms Pehrman has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy, negotiations and leadership, throughout which enhancing gender equality and human rights have been constantly at the forefront of her work.

Katja Perhman is a GCSP alumna, from our New Issues in Security Course, 2011. She kindly shared with us her experience and opinions on Gender Parity challenges when she was appointed at UN Women in 2017. 

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