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

I pledge to continue getting actively engaged in the promotion of gender equality in the daily work of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland as well as in the broader context of the United Nations and the...

Claude Wild
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to International Organizations in Vienna

Valuable work on gender, equity, human rights and social determinants of health is extremely important to our mission.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization

When you invest in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women there is a ripple effect that goes way beyond the individual. When you invest in girls and women, everybody wins.

Katja Iversen
President/CEO, Women Deliver

"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


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


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 !


IGC Reception for CEDAW

IGC Reception for CEDAW

IGC is hosting a brainstorm reception for CEDAW Committee Members, Staff, and International Geneva Gender Community to promote new and innovative ways to collaborate on deeper, more effective appropriation of CEDAW recommendations among multilateral stakeholders.
October 29, 2018 @ 18:30
Digital Transformation – Challenges and Opportunities for Women to Shape Economic Progress in the OSCE Area

Digital Transformation – Challenges and Opportunities for Women to Shape Economic Progress in the OSCE Area

The Italian Chairmanship conference (IGC Champion) on Digital Transformation organised in co-operation with the OSCE Gender Section featuring many IGC Champion speakers from Geneva and Vienna.
October 30, 2018 @ 10:00