Articles by author: Laura Johnson

Articles by author:

Laura Johnson

Unbelievably yes – there’s racism at the UN

Tell us about yourself My UN career journey has seen me travel from freelance status based in Rome, working mostly for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and for European institutions in Brussels, through to appointment as a staff interpreter at United...

Progress on eliminating discrimination against women

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is over 40 years old. How do you assess its overall impact on women’s rights? With 189 member states, the CEDAW has clearly had a global impact, above all for the women in each State Party. This...

Connections beyond hierarchies

Mira Perrier, one of the co-creators of the award-winning global conecta project, joined the United Nations in 2008 at the age of 23 and currently works for the Centre for Learning and Multilingualism (CLM). When she saw the call for ideas for the Dragon’s Den...

What do you know about the UN’s mental health strategy?

The workplace mental health and well-being strategy, which was formally launched by the Secretary-General in October 2018 and applies to all United Nations entities, is designed to make the system more effective by optimizing the psychological health of staff,...

The UN is a beacon for translators around the world

Translators can be strange people. Usually they are happy to stay in the background, quietly working the magic that can transform an incomprehensible mess into a serviceable working document. However, if you make an ill-advised comment showing that you have not...