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
  • Measurable
  • Action-oriented
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound 

Since IGC’s foundation in 2015, Champions have made over 1,000 commitments collectively, in such areas as good governance, leadership & accountability, work-life balance, programmatic work, organisational culture etc.
Examples of the most powerful commitments undertaken by Champions can be found here. A guidance on how to craft S.M.A.R.T. commitments is also available 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.





As part of Norway’s presidency of the United Nations Environment Assembly, I will advocate for gender balance among panellists and speakers during UNEA-5 in February 2021 – the world’s highest-level decision making body on the environment.

Further to this, I will promote a more gender-balanced UNEA-6 bureau, by strongly encouraging female candidates from the various regions to run for membership in the bureau. The UNEA bureau provides guidance to member states and the UNEP secretariat in the preparation of the biennial Assembly, and organizes the meeting with a view to maximize its impact under the leadership of the president.

Pursue balanced gender and geographical representation and engagement in all activities CTI organises, promotes and finances. CTI invitations will encourage nomination of qualified women, and experts at regional seminars will be at least 35% women.

Introduce by end 2020 mandatory gender sensitive recruitment process for every position.

Adapt by Q1 2021 staff regulations of the Regional delegation to allow work flexibility (time and space) taking into account gender consideration.