Women's Leadership Network Switzerland
MISSION, VALUE & VISION
UN Women, Sustainable Development Goals & Agenda 2030
Rosalyne Marie Reber founded the Women’s Leadership Network Switzerland in 2018. The aim of this platform is to promote and advocate about the SDG n°5 from United Nations, with a focus on women’s leadership towards gender equality. To tackle global challenges the platform is also supporting the 17 SDGs from the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. This ethical perspective allows to strengthen the gender-specific implementation in a holistic and integrative view. The network organises events and workshops to bring together like-minded young women working in sectors of politics, innovation, management, media, design and entrepreneurship. The goal is to value each other’s talents and competences through collaboration and genuine connection. We want to create empowering conversations where personal stories and experience can be shared. We want to foster meaningful connections that enable us to drive change in our society for an inclusive and sustainable future.
The biggest challenge for women with leadership aspirations remains that first step: recognizing and accepting their own ambition and being prepared to make the trade-offs that come with it. The network encourages young women to acknowledge and act on their leadership potential. We believe that there is more that can be done by organization and society to support women, especially in an early state of their career path. By exposing the latest research from an international and national perspective on the development of feminist policies, the platform also brings a scientific and contemporary approach from women’s right to a more sustainable society. In terms of gender parity men and women must have the same chances and opportunities to participate in decision of power. From an economic perspective gender balance and diversity in terms of talents in managerial positions, is proven to contribute to economic growth, competitiveness and performance.
To communicate about this societal relevant topic, the platform uses the power of digital technologies with storytelling via social media. The goal is to educate people and sharing knowledge on making visible the status of women on still existing gender gaps through visual communication combined with informative content. At the same time through interviews with role model leaders, it allows to raise awareness about women’s capacity to lead and give practical recommendations to be inspired by. Moreover the highest purpose of the platform is creating along the way an inclusive culture to especially motivate young women to work in leadership and decision-making positions to shape the future of our global economy in equal ways for the higher good of our society.
WHAT WE SUPPORT
Endorse the Women's Empowerment Principles
Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
Promote education, training and professional development for women
Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
United Nations Development Programm
Women's Economic Empowerment
Women’s economic empowerment is critical to achieving gender equality and sustainable development. UNDP provides policy advice, tools and support for building capacity of government, private sector and civil society to design and implement measures to reduce gender gaps and promote equality in the economic sphere.
Women's Leadership in Public Life
Fair representation and participation of women and men in public life, including in leadership positions, is crucial to realising gender equality.The composition of public institutions must reflect society if it is to be perceived as legitimate, capable of delivering just policies and upholding equality before the law. Ensuring gender balance in public decision making has been increasingly highlighted by OECD countries as a key governance issue related to fairness, transparency and inclusive policy outcomes. Only gender balanced and different policy-makers can have the know-how to tackle the different needs of citizens.
OECD countries have made important progress in closing the gender divide in public life. However, much still needs to be done to equally include men and women in policy making and public governance, and to fully equip governments to effectively deliver gender fair policy outcomes. Women still lag behind men in access to decision-making and leadership positions.
Women's Empower Principles
A guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community through the Women's Empowerment Principles.
Invest in women. Invest in the world.
The G7 Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) propose a bold commitment to inspire other DFIs to take the 2X Challenge: Financing for Women and invest in the world’s women.
2X refers to the multiplier effect of investing in women. The 2X Challenge will demonstrate that innovative financing catalyzes capital to advance gender equality.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
MEET THE FOUNDER
Rosalyne Marie Reber
Founder of Women's Leadership Network Switzerland
I hold a Master degree in Public Management and Policy from the University of Bern and I have a Bachelor in Business Communication, Media Science and Management from the University of Fribourg. As the founder of the Women's Leadership Network and President of the Soroptimist eClub Switzerland, I am a feminist and advocate for gender equality and women's right by heart. I wrote my Master Thesis about the challenge and best practices of women in leadership in government positions at the Federal Level in Switzerland. I am publishing my first book in August 2020 about women's leadership in the public sector. In this context I did interviews with women leaders from the politics, the federal administration and the government in Switzerland.
During my first internship as a journalist at the United Nations in Geneva, for the World Health Organisation in 2016 and got the chance to have my first diplomatic experience at a young age. Since then I invested myself on several volunteering, entrepreneurial and creative projects, making a positive impact into always adopting an ethical and sustainable point of view as my purpose. I had leadership positions roles while my Bachelor studies as vice-president, head of marketing communication, student's council delegate at the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the University of Fribourg. I was also involved in the Innovation Club in Fribourg. During my studies I've also developed my own startup project called Creative Mind District in 2016, which I specialized in digital marketing, social media, business strategy and worked as a consultant with a main focus on ethics, sustainability and SDG's.
Moreover I've worked as a junior assistant for open data at the Research Center for Digital Sustainability, at University of Bern, in 2017. The same year, I also did an internship at the Swiss-United Nation Association where I was responsable for the digital communication and worked in the strategic management of this non-profit organization. At the same time, back then I already did an intense work toward the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals SDG's with diverse events we organised during the year in a diplomatic context with different stakeholders from United Nations.
I wrote my Bachelor thesis about the challenges and opportunities of open government in Switzerland and participated at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris in 2016. After this, I've developed in 2017 my own project on Twitter about public sector innnovation to raise more awareness about this topic and to make a public impact. This project has been classified as a think tank on the civic tech stakeholder mapping from Switzerland. Since January 2019, I'm an opinion leader at Apolitical on government innovation and leadership.
In summer 2019, I started working for the Swiss government in the ministerial public affairs team at the General Secretariat of the Federal Departement of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, at the Bundeshaus in Bern. I was also a political candidate for the city council elections of November 2020 from the Canton of Bern. Currently, I am working as a Project Manager in communication and campagning for a Swiss political party.
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