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
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.
I commit to champion gender equality and access to scholarships for refugee girls in higher education in the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region from 2020 to 2024.
I commit to create and support a network to mentor women leaders for UNHCR in the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region from 2020 to 2024.
Convene biennial events to bring together women and men to share lived experiences on issues of gender equality, inclusion and diversity, and provide a safe and energising space for networking and support.
Use our High Commission social media platforms to promote a powerful and positive story every month of the achievements of a woman or group of women in the East African region.