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.
Working with youth, strengthening the capacities of at least 2 young women, with the scope to promote measurable actions and contribute to the achievement of gender equality.
Working with youth, mentoring at least two young women and contributing to their professional and personal empowerment.
I commit to enabling women’s voices on peace and security in Cyprus to be heard and amplified through direct dialogue with diverse groups of women from across the island.
As the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNFICYP, I commit to mentoring UNFICYP’s younger female colleagues and help empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow.
By December 2021, I pledge to recruit at least one other Gender Champion to join the International Gender Champions Vienna.
Ingrid Maria Johansen
Ensure that where possible on all country visits I meet with women’s civil society organizations and/or visit a programme focused on furthering gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Ingrid Maria Johansen
Diplomatische Academie Wien will organise at least 3 Executive Training Programmes per year dedicated to empowering women from different regions and age-groups through skills training and knowledge-transfer.
Dr. Emil Brix
To implement gender equality in our Board of Trustees. At least fifty percent of its members should be female. The new amendment of the DA law shall embody this principle.