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

The promotion of gender equality and women empowerment is a top priority of Italy's foreign policy and development cooperation.

Maria Assunta Accili
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Italy to International Organizations in Vienna

"To save lives means no one should be left behind, and this also means our commitment and actions to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls, empowering them to take a leading role in humanitarian...

Mark Lowcock
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations OCHA

Integrating gender perspectives benefits all aspects of disarmament work, from clearing landmines, to controlling the arms trade, to monitoring AI, biotech, and cyberweapons, to negotiating treaties.

Richard Lennane
Executive Director, Geneva Disarmament Platform

"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.


How to break down gender barriers: Champions give some tips

On the occasion of International Women's Week, 7 Champions answered the question "How to break down gender barriers?".

Commitments 2019

Commitment Inspiration from Gender-Responsive Assemblies & a new Gender Pledge (two new commitments due 31 January)

IGC-Disarmament Impact Group is nominated as Arms Control Person(s) of the Year!

For its work creating the IGC-Disarmament Impact Group (DIG) & expanding knowledge about the importance of gender issues & practical actions for bringing gendered perspectives into disarmament discussions.
Voting is open until 7 January. Everyone is free to vote.

Cross-cutting "Women and IP" decision adopted at WIPO

An innovative decision led by the delegation of Mexico on "Women and IP" was adopted at WIPO for the first time by the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property.