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.





Strategize how the Global Compact can advance women’s entrepreneurship and inclusive procurement with the aim of having a short webinar series to introduce the topic to the Global Compact community.

Develop a new policy analysis to look ahead to the human and state security implications of closing the gender gap in the next five years through global blueprints and action, and the implications for our collective security and sustainable development if the gap continues to widen.

Begin implementation of IGC’s new GBV pledge by developing a new video for all staff and participants on the importance of safe respectful workplaces, and the behaviours and practices which facilitate an inclusive culture that enables GCSP’s diverse community to fully contribute to our mission.

Convene quarterly meetings with women in media to keep a real-time mapping of the media landscape and the role of women in the work of democracy.

Lead an organization that builds capacity for future gender champions. Until the end of 2021, the GCBHR will host three other gender champions at its bi-weekly team meetings to discuss how they advance gender equality in their organizations.