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.

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Ensure that UNON incorporates innovative approaches to the mental health needs and well-being of staff in response to Gender-Based Violence. JMS in collaboration with other divisions, actively reaches out to staff at least three times a year.

Operationalize the Network of Women Leaders at the Nairobi Duty Station, including organizing regular meetings of the Network at least every six months, with a view to supporting and mentoring women staff members at UNON advance in their careers at all levels.

Advocate and encourage maximum participation of women and girls in all areas of sport through the following initiatives: a. Engage institutions and stakeholders, including Government Ministries with responsibility for sport to implement policies that allow for sustainable and equal participation of women and girls in sport at all levels, including decision making and in the allocation of resources. b. Provide mentorship to young women and girls (particularly those living in rural areas and lower income households) with an interest in sport by launching a “Big Sister” programme in collaboration with successful females in different sporting activities.

Advocate and encourage maximum participation of women and girls in all areas of sport through the following initiatives: a. Engage institutions and stakeholders, including Government Ministries with responsibility for sport to implement policies that allow for sustainable and equal participation of women and girls in sport at all levels, including decision making and in the allocation of resources. b. Provide mentorship to young women and girls (particularly those living in rural areas and lower income households) with an interest in sport by launching a “Big Sister” programme in collaboration with successful females in different sporting activities.

Provide financial support through the Covid-19-window of the "Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund", to support gender equality and “building back better” with a focus on women.