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

Gender equality is an essential part of achieving a more just and balanced society for men and women alike.

Christine Stix-Hackl
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Austria to the International Organizations in Vienna

Our efforts for equal representation of women and men in leadership positions and conference panels have received a boost with the advocacy of the International Gender Champions.

Elhadj As Sy
Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

A society cannot reach its potential if half of its population is denied participation.

Yann Borgstedt
Founder and Chairman, Womanity Foundation

"What we mean by a Feminist policy is to continue to ask where are the women, do they have a voice and a seat at the decision-making table, are they the negotiators and mediators ? If not we will train...

Margot Wallström
Foreign Minister, Government of Sweden

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

73rd President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, becomes an International Gender Champion

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, first Latin American woman to become President of the UN General Assembly, dedicates the session to all the women and girls of the world.

IGC congratulates Champion Michelle Bachelet on her appointment as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights!

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following approval by the General Assembly, appointed Michelle Bachelet of Chile as new High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Gender Champions initiative celebrates 3-year anniversary

The International Gender Champions initiative was created in Geneva 3 years ago in July 2015. Hear what some of our Champions think about how we are going to achieve gender equality and SDG5 !

IGC has its first Finance Minister

Minister Bill Morneau of Canada wishes to form an International Gender Champions-Finance Hub with other Ministers and high-level officials.

Events

Gender equality: why is it so difficult to achieve?

Gender equality: why is it so difficult to achieve?

Lecture by Professor Joan Wallach Scott, first female recipient of the Edgar de Picciotto International Prize, author of 'Gender and the Politics of History'
September 25, 2018 @ 18:30
Aligning Gender, Rights and Trade: Towards an inclusive resilient trading system

Aligning Gender, Rights and Trade: Towards an inclusive resilient trading system

The World Bank, CEDAW Experts, Canada and Women@theTable discuss aligning gender, human rights and trade and how to make the system more resilient and inclusive at the WTO Public Forum. An IGC Trade Impact Group event.
October 02, 2018 @ 15:30
Data and Statistics for Gender-Responsive Trade Policy

Data and Statistics for Gender-Responsive Trade Policy

What statistical issues are at stake when we talk about “gender and trade” and which data are necessary for gender-responsive trade policy? Join UNCTAD, Global Affairs Canada, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Sweden, OECD and Equal Measures 2030 for a robust early-morning discussion at the WTO Public Forum. An IGC Trade Impact Group event.
October 04, 2018 @ 08:30