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.

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Develop and support research in the field of Business and Human Rights that highlights gender aspects. The GCBHR will explicitly report on three concrete actions towards this objective in the GCBHR's newsletter at the end of the IGC year.

Through our leadership on Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology & Innovation for Generation Equality, I commit to create a free online platform and mobile app,Social Builder Academy, that will inspire, train, and support girls and women in their transition to the digital sector. It will provide unemployed and vulnerable girls and women with high-quality and innovative content focusing on the essential technical and relational skills required to thrive in the digital economy. It will empower women and girls to use and navigate the internet safely, to secure a fulfilling job in the digital sector, to become excited about a career in Tech, or to start their own business online.

Through our leadership on Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology & Innovation for Gender Equality, I commit to foster and create a structure - an international network of equality tech hubs - enabling collaboration between key stakeholders to accelerate the emergence, development, and financing of impactful and scalable programmes and actions to narrow the gender digital divide globally.

Promote awareness and discussion about gender equality, diversity and resilient inequalities within our academic community and in a broader context through the formal organization of the “Know the GAP Lecture Series.” Conceived as the first English language series open to the full university and society, this initiative aims to organize every year 8 lectures featuring prominent individuals in academia, private sector and international organizations and focused on both research and actual experience with gender parity and policy.

Implement the Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2021-2024 to consolidate the ongoing efforts in mainstreaming gender equality at the WTI together with making inclusiveness a structural pillar of our Institute.