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 am motivated to become an International Gender Champion to challenge gender inequality and promote efforts to allow women and men to maximise their potential.

Leigh Turner
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom 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

There can be no real advancement in social justice and human rights until both women and men are equally represented at all levels of society, and their views and experiences are reflected in law, policy...

Alice Edwards
Head of Secretariat, Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI)

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 Trade Impact Group Publishes “Delivering on the Buenos Aires declaration: On trade and women's economic empowerment”

On 10 December 2020, the Trade Impact Group launched the publication “Delivering on the Buenos Aires declaration: On trade and women's economic empowerment”.

IGC Nairobi Hub Podcasts: Siddharth Chatterjee & Ambassador Alison Chartres

The latest #INTGenderChampions podcasts with UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee and Australian Ambassador Alison Chartres.
IGC: A Look Back on 2020 and the Gender Champions Challenge

IGC: A Look Back on 2020 and the Gender Champions Challenge

While 2020 has not been a typical year in almost any sense of the word, the IGC network is leaving it and entering 2021 with more wisdom, perspective, resilience and lessons learned. We encourage our community to translate our insights now into more ambitious and targeted, S.M.A.R.T. commitments and even more powerful initiatives for the coming year.

54 million women and youth face staggering humanitarian challenges

“The rights and needs of women and adolescent girls in emergencies are often overlooked, and COVID-19 has made matters worse, with rising intimate partner violence, sexual violence and child marriage”, said Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).


Bolder, Stronger, Deeper Commitments: Workshop on Intersectionality

Bolder, Stronger, Deeper Commitments: Workshop on Intersectionality

Applying an intersectional lens allows us to develop more effective analysis, advocacy and policies, and take IGC commitments to the next level.
January 21, 2021 @ 15:00
IGC Super Focal Points Meeting
February 18, 2021 @ 15:00