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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Use our High Commission social media platforms to promote a powerful and positive story every month of the achievements of a woman or group of women in the East African region.

I commit to engage with UNEP female staff and hear their voices.

To strengthen in the work of the United Nations women’s perspective in the field of peace, diplomacy and multilateralism through the organization of events, teachings, exchanges and trainings.

Representing World YWCA as a member of the Big 6 international youth organizations group, I will push for young women’s formal and informal engagement and leadership with those peer organizations.

I commit to enabling increased CARICOM focus and activities on Gender equality in Trade by: a) Secure the engagement of the CARICOM Chairman and Secretary General to join as International Gender Champions; b) Facilitate 80% of CARICOM Permanent Representative Missions to join as Champions with IGC-Geneva; c) Facilitate technical assistance support for Member States to promote Gender Mainstreaming of National Trade Policies, following the ‘best practice’ Belize National Trade Policy; d) Promote CARICOM Secretariat adoption of the IGC Gender Responsive Assembly Toolkit on equal representation, participation, decision-making, gender focused & gender balanced delegations; e) Promote specific global and regional programmes in member states aimed at increasing women’s entrepreneurship and export activities through capacity-building, improved access to finance, technology and trade