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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Ensure a gender-balanced annual programme of work within our mission in Paris. As a thematic priority of our mission we will focus on gender equality related events with our bi-lateral partners, as well as contributing visibly within OECD and UNESCO through Groups of Friends

Ensure the meaningful involvement and participation of young women of diverse origins in programmes and initiatives led by OHCHR at global, regional and national level (expert meetings; panels discussions; capacity building activities, technical cooperation initiatives).

Further support the initiative to make the language of the rules of procedure of the Conference on Disarmament gender-neutral.

Participate at the highest possible level in the Gender Equality related events organized by the United Nations in New York in order to emphasize the need for this issue to be a priority in the agenda.

Host a review with staff to evaluate progress in mainstreaming gender perspectives throughout the Mission’s policy and advocacy efforts, and work to identify gaps and opportunities to advance gender equality within international organisations we engage with.