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.





Strive for the introduction of greater protections and benefits for support staff, including but not limited to paid parental leave, to be centrally funded by the IRMCT.

The IIP commits to mainstreaming gender perspectives into all other relevant IIP events and programming through directed questions, subjects, panelists, and publications for the period 2020-2021.

Encourage the Registry of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) to ensure that at least half of the lists of duty counsel are female and lists of counsel proposed to a suspect or accused contain at least one female Defence counsel.

The embassy commits to including statements on the need for gender mainstreaming, wherever possible, in all Irish national statements to the international organisations in Vienna during 2020.

The embassy commits to continue to argue strongly that Ireland should make a financial contribution to the IAEA’s new Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship Programme, which aims to provide opportunities for 100 young women to study towards a career in the nuclear area.