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.





Ensure that UNON incorporates innovative approaches to the mental health needs and well-being of staff in response to Gender-Based Violence. JMS in collaboration with other divisions, actively reaches out to staff at least three times a year.

Provide financial support through the Covid-19-window of the "Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund", to support gender equality and “building back better” with a focus on women.

I commit to champion gender equality and access to scholarships for refugee girls in higher education in the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region from 2020 to 2024.

I commit to remain a very vocal and passionate advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights through my public pronouncements and writings in a range of widely read global, regional and national publications;

Ensure gender equality in management, activities, projects and initiatives developed and implemented by IOM/UN Migration Regional and Country offices in EHOA.