International Gender Champions

A leadership network that brings together female and male decision-makers to break down gender barriers.

I am happy to be an International Gender Champion. I encourage other senior leaders to be part of this campaign for equality.

António Guterres
Secretary-General, United Nations

The promotion of gender equality and women empowerment is a top priority of Italy's foreign policy and development cooperation.

Maria Assunta Accili
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Italy to International Organizations in Vienna

Women, especially pregnant women and children, are disproportionately affected by malaria.

Dr Kesete Admasu
CEO, RBM Partnership to End Malaria

The equal representation of women and men in all levels of decision-making, employment and education, is essential.

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein
High Commissioner, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Gender equality is one of my long-term priorities as a strong foundation for building a sustainable future for all.

Olga Algayerova
Executive Secretary & Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Fifty per cent of the population warrants the same visibility as the other fifty percent.

We ALL support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge


In addition to the Panel Parity Pledge, each Gender Champion makes two individual commitments specific to moving gender equality forward in their organization.


Gender Champion Vojislav Šuc stands against harassment at Human Rights Council

Listen to his strong statement at the opening of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday 18 June 2018.

Meet the UN Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice

Listen to the five members of the UN Working Group and read their latest report presented at the Human Rights Council 38th sessions

Towards Gender Parity at UN 73rd General Assembly

Letter by International Gender Champion Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly calling for gender parity at UNGA elections next week


Women and Global Diplomacy

Women and Global Diplomacy

The UN Museum Geneva presents a temporary exhibition on Women and Global Diplomacy: From Peace Movements to the United Nations
May 18, 2018 @ 12:30
What's on the gender agenda at HRC38

What's on the gender agenda at HRC38

Annual Full Day of discussion on the rights of women and oral updates at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council.
June 18, 2018 @ 09:00
As Marias

As Marias

Opening of a beautiful exhibition «As Marias» of Leca Araujo, a curious perspective of Brazil through women
June 19, 2018 @ 18:00