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 host state, organize a workshop open to all missions on unconscious gender career-bias and on ways to address and counteract it;

Organize a workshop for the whole mission on unconscious gender career-bias and on ways to address and counteract it; In that regard, I also pledge to promote equal opportunities for women in management positions.

Create an Advisory Group on Gender Equality with diverse expertise to support me in mainstreaming gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls throughout the work of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

Actively recruit women to the Office of the President of the General Assembly across all levels and geographic regions, including to achieve gender parity in senior management.

I commit to lead on the implementation of collective UN Kenya prevention, protection and response strategies on harassment, including sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), showcasing ours as a zero tolerance for SEA and sexual harassment duty station in action.