By connecting strong female and male leadership within and between key institutions, the network facilitates a deeper level of collaborative exchange and leverages institutional knowledge.
The core of the International Gender Champions work begins with the Panel Parity Pledge and Two Smart commitments that each Champion makes every year.
The Panel Parity Pledge: Creating International Awareness & raising women’s voices
Visibility is key for role models in the public space and the workplace, and women’s distinct and expert voices must be elevated through gender parity. Diverse points of view generate sustainable, innovative solutions, and lead to a change in culture.
Through the Panel Parity Pledge, Champions commit to no longer take part in any single-sex panels. This Pledge has made the notion of single-sex panels unacceptable in the hubs where IGC operates and Champions have thus taken the lead in raising awareness of the need to ensure gender parity.
How do I uphold the PPP? See our quick guide!
S.M.A.R.T. Commitments: A thousand steps closer to gender equality
Each Gender Champion makes two personal commitments to advance gender equality in their organisation or programmatic work. All Gender Champions report on their commitments in the end of each calendar year. Some examples are including below. These commitments are:
- Specific to the Champion and their organisation
Since IGC’s foundation in 2015, Champions have made over 2,000 commitments collectively, in such areas as good governance, leadership & accountability, work-life balance, programmatic work, organisational culture etc.
We have drawn on Champions commitments and incorporated themes identified by Generation Equality to provide you with a NEW 2021 guide, here. Together with our complimentary guide on intersectional discrimination which provides suggested language and resources to for this, here.
In addition to the Panel Parity Pledge, each Gender Champion makes two individual annual commitments specific to moving gender equality forward in their organization.
I will focus my efforts in bringing men to make gender parity a daily reality and fight for it in order to become a basic norm in our UN communities.
As an institution, ICCT will commit to educating all current and future staff on how to apply a gender lens to their work, using Gender-Based Analysis Plus training by the Government of Canada. We recognize the value of conducting our research, projects and publications with gender-based analysis in mind.
Engage in gender equality advocacy through mainstream and social media and amplify the work of fellow gender champions.
Roll-out two mandatory training programs/courses for the entire staff, managers and employees, on prevention of discrimination based on gender identity and sexuality, sexism and microaggressions and unconscious bias in the workplace highlighting the challenges faced by young women (including non-binary people and transgender women), women of colour, LGBTQIA+ women, and women with disabilities, to enhance inclusion and belonging in their daily interactions by the end of 2023