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

Men and women are born equal, yet our society treats them unequally.

Aldrik Gierveld
Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations in Vienna

I am delighted to join the increasing number of International Gender Champions and encourage other senior leaders to come on board and make concrete commitments.

Peter Thomson
Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations

The need for gender equality cuts across all levels and all ages.

Alex Conte
Executive Director, Child Rights Connect

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

IPU: Proportion of women MPs inches up but gender parity still far off

Following elections in 2020, the global proportion of women in parliament reached a record 25.5 per cent, representing an increase of 0.6 points compared with 2019, according to the IPU’s latest Women in Parliament report.

Time to Talk - Champion Conversation Series

Whilst our ability to connect and have informal exchanges has been made more challenging by the move to a virtual environment, the IGC presents a unique platform for Champions to connect across our multilateral hubs and share experiences and ideas. This is the Time to Talk – Champion Conversation Series.

IACA Alumni Magazine: The Link between Gender and Corruption. Why equality matters in dealing with corruption

“…our point of departure is not that women are inherently ‘fair’ but that gender differences are rooted in culture and social structures. Thus, the gender factor should not be seen as a monolithic phenomenon, but rather as a hub for complex relationships.” (Stensöta/Wängnerud, 2018)

Bolder, Stronger, Deeper Commitments: An Interview with Anne-Sophie Lois of Plan International

Anne-Sophie Lois, UN Representative in Geneva and New York for Plan International and member of the Global Board of IGC, recently conducted a workshop for the network on integrating an intersectional approach our IGC Commitments. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on the topic.