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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To incorporate gender perspectives in all AFLA activities.

We aspire to gender transformative programming throughout East and Southern Africa. Our ambition will be founded on participatory gender assessments that inform all our programming.

I will systematically step up efforts to mainstream a gender perspective into programmes, projects and policies in UNCCD Secretariat and the GM including by ensuring that all staff go through training on how to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in support of the Convention Parties that strive to implement the UNCCD Gender Action Plan. At the end of 2020, we aim to have a Gender equality capacity assessment conducted.

To arrange training for staff, and/or peer exchange with other NGO colleagues, on the use of gender-transformative and age-responsive language.

In 2020, the ICRC will start a collaborative research that advances understanding of the gendered impacts of the application of international humanitarian law on groups including women and girls.