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.
The Embassy of Ukraine together with NGO in Kenya will arrange an educational event for Kenyan youth to encourage youth to obtain knowledge and master professions of their dreams regardless of any gender stereotypes.
I commit to working with and for youth by building relationships, sharing power and space and creating opportunities for their voices and leadership, including internships and holding at least two meetings with young women professionals in the organization during 2021.
Contribute to gender parity at management level through UNICEF regional Female Talent Initiative
Mohamed Malick Fall
Break down gender barriers in appointment and selection of staff and aim at reaching parity at each level within the organisation being guided by UN Administrative Instruction ST/AI/2020/5 "Temporary Special Measures for the Achievement of Gender Parity.
Abubacarr M. Tambadou
Advance the discussion on issues of Gender Justice and Inclusivity by hosting at least one event, bringing together academia, civil society and the diplomatic community.
Develop and implement a Policy on Gender Equality and Mainstreaming within GRC to enhance gender-responsive practices both within the organisation (including areas such as staffing, training, communication and representation) in all day to day operations/projects and our engagement with project donors and beneficiaries.
PACJA is Committed to ensuring NDC review and implementation processes are inclusive of women and girls’ participation.
Joseph Mithika Mwenda
I commit to creating increasing opportunities for young women professionals to develop their careers. Through the various initiatives in our youth engagement strategy, we are laying out plans to train and mentor the youth and women across Africa to become empowered and vocal African leaders in the next 5 years.