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

Advocate for access to 12 years of quality education for all adolescent girls, particularly in humanitarian and conflict settings, including by championing the rights of adolescent girls through the Generation Equality initiative.

Lead the Permanent Mission to work with relevant UK departments to include gender into any new strategy related to UK engagement with the Vienna-Based Organisations, so as to ensure that gender perspectives are mainstreamed throughout policy, programmatic activity and issues related to human resources (e.g. gender parity); and to showcase, through a series of events, the recent UK/UNODC initiative to develop a Serious Organised Crime strategy toolkit for Member States, which addresses gender and human rights.

Use public diplomacy to effectively advocate for gender equality and human rights by using social media platforms and live events, such as the International Equal Pay Day. In our social media content calendar we will develop measurable indicators on promoting gender equality and human rights. With our engagement we aim to raise awareness, promote good practices and legislation, as well as introducing Iceland’s path towards a more equal society.

Coordinate and promote the women ambassadors group in the Netherlands and give voice to the crucial role of women in leadership positions and diplomacy and the change they bring.