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.





As Permanent Representative of Colombia to the WTO, I will encourage the WTO and Trade related organizations in Geneva to attain gender balance at management levels, and integrate the gender dimension in programmes, policies, and operational work.

Support the efforts to give trade and gender a more prominent place in the WTO by promoting the integration of Gender Lens into the work of WTO regular bodies, by encouraging the collection of gender-disaggregated data and through the share of best practices and policy examples on trade and gender.

To promote actions and programmes on education aimed at including in schools the equality between girls and boys as a means to fight against future discrimination and disparities in our societies.

To strengthen in the work of the United Nations women’s perspective in the field of peace, diplomacy and multilateralism through the organization of events, teachings, exchanges and trainings.

Provide all the staff at the Colombian Mission with the conceptual tools to promote a gender perspective throughout the work in all the Committees and within the Mission.