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.





Mentor 250 young people on Gender Equality and action against GBV, by enhancing and building their advocacy skills and supporting them to develop appropriate gender equality programs within their communities.

Create and promote dialogue and interactions with other IGOs, NGOs and missions in the Hague and set up peer exchanges on the use of gender-transformative and age responsive language. The HCCH will share experience and create dialogue of the importance in an intersectional approach towards empowering women, as combatting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is inextricably linked to gender equality, as it challenges negative gender stereotypes and systemic discrimination arising from prejudice. The HCCH will also increase the partnership of the PB with non-governmental organisations that work in the field of gender inequality.

The Embassy of Ukraine will share a digital visual material with consolidated information concerning the Ukraine’s MFA best practices and accomplishments in implementing of gender equality within the Ministerial system.

I commit to communicating the importance of gender equality, raising awareness of structural inequalities, bias and barriers, and amplifying the voices of those impacted by discrimination through townhalls, speeches, internal and external briefings and bi-lateral and multi-lateral fora.

Accelerate efforts to address the gender digital divide for adolescent girls and young women to equally access online opportunities to learn, benefit from critical health and social services and voice their aspirations.