Office of UN Women’s Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination

Ms. Purna Sen, Director of UN Women’s Policy Division, moderates the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment event, titled “Accelerating women’s economi empowerment to achieve the 2030 Agenda”, held on 17 July 2017 in the context of the High-Level Political Forum in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.
Ms. Purna Sen is UN Women’s Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Established by the UN Women Executive Director in 2018 and led by Ms. Purna Sen, the Office of UN Women’s Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment works to advance the rights of victim-survivors of sexual harassment wherever they are and to promote the cultural change needed to end this form of discrimination. 

The Office of the Executive Coordinator elaborates and applies a survivor-centred approach across its work by placing women’s experiences at the centre and by promoting experience as valuable knowledge, that can strengthen policies and practices.

The Office works to further the understanding of sexual harassment as a violation of human rights that links with patterns of violence and to identify promising practices towards ending it.

The Executive Coordinator engages widely outside the United Nations, including with academia, civil society, Member States, intergovernmental organizations, policy makers, legislators, and the private sector. Internally, she convenes a task force that coordinates and brings internal expertise to bear on UN Women’s own work against sexual harassment.

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Purna Sen is UN Women’s Director of the Policy Division, and UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Purna Sen, UN Women’s Director of the Policy Division, and recently appointed UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination, explains her new role and what UN Women is doing to address sexual harassment within its own workplace and in the UN system. More