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

We need the best political leaders, people with best ideas, most creative and most driven to win the best possible future.

Barbara Žvokelj
Permanent Representative, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN, OSCE and other International Organizations in Vienna

The emancipation of girls and the evolution of our societies are through education.

Audrey Azoulay
Director General, UNESCO

Make sport a powerful platform to foster gender equality and empower women is a top priority for the International Olympic Committee.

Christophe De Kepper
Director General, International Olympic Committee

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

We ALL support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge

Pledges

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

News

The International Gender Champions expand to Paris!

After Geneva, New York, Vienna, Nairobi and The Hague, the International Gender Champions network is excited to announce the launch of a new hub in Paris. Disponible en français également.

Paris Peace Forum: IGC presents its achievements a year after its selection as an innovative project

At the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum in 2018, the International Gender Champions (IGC) initiative was selected as one of the ten winning projects for innovative governance, out of over a thousand applications.

How can we make equal pay for women and men a reality?

On average, women in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region earn only 81.8 cents for every euro men make. At the current rate, over 100 years will be needed to close the gap.

For the first time in history, four women lead disarmament affairs at the UN

With the appointment of Tatiana Valovaya as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, disarmament affairs at the UN are for the first time in history led by four women.