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

For a world free from all forms of inequality between men and women; For a world that guarantees for all social, cultural, political and economic development, I support the IGC Party pledge.

Dieudonné Kéré
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to International Organizations in Vienna

It is disappointing that, in the 21st century, and in fields like the space sector, which is known for breaking boundaries, we are still not making the most of what women have to contribute.

Simonetta Di Pippo
Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Gender equality will only be attained by addressing inequalities and discrimination in law and in practice.

Mona M'Bikay
Executive Director, UPR Info

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

Concluding the Time to Talk – A Champion Conversation Series

Tapping into IGC’s collective wisdom globally was the inspiration behind our first ever IGC Time to Talk - Champion Conversation Series.

Keeping Gender on the Agenda within Organisations: Time to Talk session on Mainstreaming

On 29 June 2021, six Champions from International Organisations and Civil Society in the Geneva and Den Haag hubs came together to discuss how to keep gender on the agenda within organisations.

New Network-Wide IGC Gender-based Violence Pledge

Ahead of the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris this June, the IGC Global Board has approved a new, network wide Pledge to stand for zero tolerance of gender-based violence (GBV), sexist attitudes and behaviour.  This will be an IGC commitment to the Generation Equality Forum and aims to tackle some of the deepest and most harmful norms that prevent the equal rights of women and girls being realised.

Champions identify need for continuous and collective action to prevent Gender-based Violence

On 7 June, six IGC Champions convened online for a Time to Talk Conversation on Gender-based Violence (GBV). The session closed with a proposition to launch a new IGC Pledge on Gender-based Violence accompanied by a network-wide campaign to stand against sexism and all forms of GBV.