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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We will ensure a gender balance across all our events, including individual events with multiple speakers.

That the events programme of my embassy and permanent missions for the upcoming year be gender balanced.

To improve gender equality in international diplomacy and the technology community through addressing the topic during the organization of and participation in all events, initiatives, activities and collaborations. I will continue to commit myself to the IGC Panel Parity Pledge and to encourage others to commit to equality.

To support and participate in international events aimed at improving gender equality. For example, in The Hague in 2020 I will be participating in a panel on "AI and Diversity" during the Winter Academy on AI and International Law as well as a gender equality event with the UN Youth Impact regarding SDG #5.

Highlight the gender dimension on all issues in statements made on behalf of Djibouti in all relevant forums.