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

Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is one of the important goals that the global community has set out to achieve by 2030.

Dong-ik Shin
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the International Organizations in Vienna

Gender equality is not a slogan or a trend. It is about a fundamental commitment to rights and justice. It is about transforming lives, realizing potential and pursuing dreams and aspirations.

Pierre Krähenbühl
Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Strict parity between men and women is at the heart of equestrian sport where male and female athletes compete as equals at all levels.

Ingmar De Vos
President, Federation Equestre Internationale

"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

IGC’s Gender-Responsive Assemblies Toolkit - An agenda for concrete action - launched at UNGA

The IGC Representation Impact Group launched its Gender Responsive Assemblies Toolkit at a side event at the UN General Assembly on Friday 28 September.

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 !