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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Working with peer organizations such as the UN Foundation and the Generation Equality Forum, I commit to champion programs and opportunities to reduce the gender digital divide including through programs that offer digital upskilling and free access to employability-oriented training.

Working with my colleagues across Microsoft and in connection with the Generation Equality Forum’s action coalition on Technology and Innovation, I commit to advocate for the use of data and analytics in policy discussions to better understand how women especially are subject to different safety risks online and to advance policies that decrease risk exposure of women and girls.

I will engage in advocacy on gender equality through all areas of my work, including through official statements and social media. I will also commit to spread awareness among other possible champions.

I will actively support and promote flexible working arrangements in order to achieve a better work-life balance by providing advance notice of staff meetings, holding these meetings online as necessary, and allowing flexible working hours so that staff members can attend to urgent personal issues. Contact with my staff beyond the normal working hours will be restricted strictly to emergency situations.

By December 2021, ensure everyone working in the U.S. Mission has taken the State Department online course called “Mitigating Unconscious Bias,” and has submitted their course completion certificates to the DCM.