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 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.

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Use our platform to raise the voices of women civil society and feminist organizations, as well as advocate to increasingly use our own funds and galvanize the donor community to support them in their work. When organizing civil society side events, we commit to actively search to invite female participants from civil society, including young women. We will also increasingly use our social media to support the mandates and UN interventions of female and gender equality centered civil society briefers and special mandate holders.

Launch the Geneva Group of Friends for the Elimination of Sexual Harassment (GOFESH) and organize at least one meeting at expert level, with the aim of mainstreaming this important issue throughout Geneva-based International Organizations, institutions and diplomatic representations.

Provide support for gender equality and gender mainstreaming efforts at the Australian Permanent Mission’s multilateral accreditations by advocating for dedicated gender teams and focal points at all organisations and for sufficient resources to support these efforts, working with other missions to establish a gender equality ‘toolkit’ for focal points to provide support, guidance and mentoring for female employees, sharing information, guidance and lessons learned from the Australian Government and providing contact details for organisations and forums in Vienna to share ideas and lessons learned (or, to avoid repetition, ‘best practices’).

Establish a formal mentorship programme for women colleagues based in Kenya to guide and accelerate their career growth.

Establish a senior accountability mechanism to help ensure a gender responsive workplace while monitoring gender parity and mainstreaming within UN-Habitat.