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.





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.

I commit to ensuring that the Basel Institute management team is always composed of at least 50% women, and that all positions for which we recruit at the Basel Institute are offered optionally as a part-time position, in order to offer a real possibility to combine parental duties with a career for both women and men.

I commit to include measurement of gender disaggregated data and/or gender relevant indicators in the Basel Institute’s program or project M&E frameworks.

Je m’engage à utiliser et à promouvoir la communication sans stéréotype de sexe, en actualisant dans un délai d’un an le manuel de communication sans stéréotype de sexe élaboré par le Haut Conseil à l’Egalité entre les femmes et les hommes, et en assurant sa diffusion auprès des institutions et de partenaires publics et privés français afin qu’ils et elles l’adoptent pour leur communication.