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

Women’s rights are human rights and investing in gender equality yields positive results for everyone. A gender equal society allows peace, justice and sustainability to prosper.

Mikaela Kumlin Granit
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in Vienna

Equality for women is progress for all. Until women and men can stand as full equals the world over, our work is not done.

Fatou Bensouda
Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

As the General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), a communion of 148 churches in 99 countries in the world, I commit to further the programmatic work on the role of faith and faith actors...

Rev. Dr. Martin Junge
General Secretary, Lutheran World Federation

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

Chair of the IGC Global Board Awarded Inaugural SDG5 Male Champion for Change Award

On International Women’s Day, the Chair of the IGC Global Board Mr. Martin Chungong received the Inaugural SDG5 Male Champion for Change Award.

Champions of the IGC Network and CSW

The two-week period of CSW saw hundreds of side and parallel events. To gain some clarity, the International Gender Champions Secretariat analysed the over one hundred official CSW65 side events to illustrate the main topics fellow Champions addressed in panel events.

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.