Our world is decisively shaped by technical standards. Through defining the parameters and characteristics of products we rely on every day, standards can be found in every corner of our lives and are indispensable to the prosperous of our society. They support economic growth, facilitate worldwide trade and protect us from health and safety harzards. Playing such an influential role, standards and standardization practices have to be more gender responsive and adapt to the different needs.
This is also the goal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in its Declaration for Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development, which has now been signed by Michael Teigeler, Managing Director of DKE.
It is aimed to promote the creation of gender responsive standards and to improve gender balance in the participation in standards development. At the same time, this initiative contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 Gender Equality (SDG 5).