Patricia Schulz is a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. She was Director of the Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE), from 1994 to 2010. She co-chaired the Swiss Conference of Gender Equality Delegates and represented Switzerland in numerous international meetings.
Her nomination to the UNRISD Board was approved by ECOSOC in July 2011.
Previously, Ms. Schulz worked as a barrister in Geneva, with the ILO in technical cooperation in Madagascar, and then joined the Faculty of Law of Geneva, as an assistant and then as a lecturer, in constitutional and general public law. She presided the Gender Equality Working Group of the University Council and initiated legislation on quotas and gender studies at the Geneva University.