As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Fiona MARSHALL was among the 20 women selected.
Fiona is an Environmental Affairs Officer with the Secretariat of the UNECE Aarhus Convention, an international treaty on the environment and human rights. She is Secretary to the Convention’s Compliance Committee, a mechanism that allows the public and Parties to bring cases concerning a Party’s compliance before the Committee made up of independent experts. She also supports the Convention’s work to promote public participation in international forums relating to the environment, as well as providing legal support to the Secretariat generally. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Fiona worked with several international non-governmental organizations focusing on human rights and the environment. Fiona says: “I work for the Aarhus Convention because I believe its principles are fundamental to ensuring a just and open society as well as the protection of the environment. I feel very fortunate that I am able to make a real contribution to positive change in the countries in which we work.”