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 1,000 commitments collectively, in such areas as good governance, leadership & accountability, work-life balance, programmatic work, organisational culture etc.
Examples of the most powerful commitments undertaken by Champions can be found here. A guidance on how to craft S.M.A.R.T. commitments is also available 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.





By October 2021, launch a social media campaign highlighting the contribution of Mexican professional women working in Vienna based international organizations.

Include gender equality and the empowerment of women in political, administrative and financial statements presented by Mexico in policy-making organs of Vienna based international organizations.

I pledge to promote this network of leaders advancing gender equality by recruiting at least one other Gender Champion to join the International Gender Champions in Nairobi within the next 12 months.

I pledge to ensure gender balanced recruitment and work-life balance by a) ensuring a 45%-55% male-female gender balance in selection and recruitment of UNODC staff in EA with immediate effect, and b) providing early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and avoiding calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.

I am committed to honor the twentieth anniversary of the 1325 resolution by actively supporting initiatives that accelerate the full and effective implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, including the co-organization of a side event hosted by the Focal Point Network on Women, Peace and Security in 2020.