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.
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
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.
Create an inclusive environment and robust recruitment procedures that promote diversity and remove any biases or limitations with respect to female candidates obtaining positions in my office. I commit to continually improving gender balance in my office until such time as organisational gender parity goals have been met.
I will recommend and promote personal and professional advancement among the Embassy staff placing special consideration on gender equality.
Elizabeth Ward Neiman
I will provide the opportunity and encourage young women to be volunteers in Embassy events and functions in the effort to gain knowledge of diplomatic responsibilities as well as increase awareness of good practices in gender equality through official dialogues and statements from the Embassy.
Elizabeth Ward Neiman
Integrate a gender dimension into all of my Μission’s work, i.e. in national statements and interventions, and advocate for gender mainstreaming in all aspects of the Foreign Ministry’s work.
Establish flexible working arrangements, in order to achieve a healthy work and family balance for both men and women colleagues of my Μission.
I will ensure that gender considerations and their relevance for arms control and disarmament are at the forefront of at least two of my speaking engagements as Director of UNIDIR.
Dr. Robin Geiss
UNIDIR will carry out research to understand women’s role as agents of disarmament and security, particularly as professionals in the field of Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM). The research will be useful to identify best practices to transforming gender stereotypes and unlocking professional opportunities for women in this area.
Dr. Robin Geiss
Advance women's empowerment and leadership in marine scientific research and particularly in deep-sea research with a focus on designing and implementing tailored activities and programmes aimed at addressing the specific challenges faced by women scientists from developing States including least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island states