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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Engage actively in global advocacy efforts for the elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls through the Orange the World Campaign 2021 by organising at least 1 event and highlighting it through the network and social media channels of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

Strengthen policies and practices to advance equality and inclusion within ICAO: ensure gender balance (in a spectrum of minimum 45% -55%) in selection and recruitment of staff; allow for flexibility in working hours at ICAO and encourage homeworking when necessary for family reasons; commit to cultivate a positive and supportive organization culture among all staff where gender equality and empowerment of women are measurable and embedded in all decision-making; ensure that staff other than gender expert attends at least one side event or meeting with a gender-dimension; create a mentorship programme where female staff members can interact freely with and be mentored by senior management.

Organize 2 digital/live events in 2021 under the auspices of the Embassy of Cyprus in the Netherlands with a view to connecting the respective ecosystems of Cyprus and the Netherlands in the context of promoting “gender equality awareness” and exchanging ideas on good practices and the next steps forward.

I commit to taking a gender-responsive approach to programmes and initiatives developed and implemented by the Embassy of Ireland, Nairobi in 2020 and 2021.

Strengthen the fight against sexual and gender-based violence as an integral part of our cooperation programs in the Horn of Africa.