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.

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As a Gender Champion, I commit to raise the visibility of the need for greater participation of women in trade at the national, regional and multilateral level.

Mainstream gender in the UN Security Council by advocating for a gender focus in related resolutions, inter alia, on Youth, Peace and Security; Climate and Security and Small Arms; strengthening the women, peace and security agenda both within the Security Council and through meetings with the UNSC Informal Expert Group; and sponsoring female briefers at high level events and (country specific) briefings.

Support training programs on gender based violence and institutional violence for my staff members at the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN in order to promote the implementation of the “Micaela Law 27.499”, which has the name of a victim of femicide from Argentina, Micaela García. The commitment is focused on implementing this Law, which is mandatory for all the officers that are part of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial powers.

Advocate for gender equality and gender sensitive language in the work of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in its social, economic and environmental dimensions.

In our dialogue with, and in governing boards of, international organizations in Geneva, encourage organizations to: 1) Attain gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) through both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, 2) Integrate the gender dimension in programmes, policies, and normative and operational work, and 3) Put in place comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual abuse and exploitation.