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
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.
Empowering the women working in the Embassy by celebrating their success through publications on social media (Facebook, Twitter).
Highlight gender equality and women's empowerment in the work of the OECD: 1) by co-chairing the meetings of OECD “Friends of Gender Equality Plus” group; 2) by chairing the meetings of the OECD External Relations Committee and participating in other OECD events in the area of external relations.
J’exercerai mon leadership afin de promouvoir activement l’égalité de genre, l’inclusion et la participation des jeunes au sein de Plan International et avec toutes nos parties prenantes.
To build the International Gender Champions network by contacting 10 further potential members within Nairobi and proposing their membership.
I will galvanize leadership and support to countries to enhance access of adolescent girls and young women to integrated sexual and reproductive health information, education and services as well as to ensure the removal of barriers and harmful social norms which result in 6,200 adolescent girls and young women acquiring HIV every week.