June 02, 2022 @ 15:00 – June 02, 2022 @ 16:15


The International Gender Champions and U.N. Parents cordially invite you to an interactive online workshop on parental leave in the UN System. The event will occur on Thursday, 2 June 2022, from 15:00 to 16:15 CET, via Zoom Application.

The International Gender Champions (IGC) is a global tripartite leadership network that brings together decision-makers to break down gender barriers in their spheres of influence. IGC currently has over 300 active Champions and 280 Alumni who are the heads of International Organizations, Permanent Missions, and Civil Society Organizations. The IGC spans six multilateral Hubs in Geneva, New York, Vienna, Den Haag, Paris, and Nairobi. All Champions sign the Panel Parity Pledge to no longer sit on single-sex panels and make two annual individualised commitments to achieve gender equality in their organisation and its activities.

In 2020, the IGC launched the #ChampionsForParentalLeave campaign with UN Women to advocate for equal and sufficient parental leave for all parents. Some Champions who have supported the campaign in their individual capacity include Olof Skoog, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York and Dr. Khalid Koser, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), among others.

Today, “U.N. Parents: Equal Rights Equal Roles”, an informal group of more than 500 staff across UN duty stations founded in 2021, is striving to reform the UN parental leave policy and advocate for more child-centred family policies across the UN system. To do so, they have developed 15 recommendations for consideration by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), as prerequisites for a real change in the system.

To build an understanding of the issue amongst the IGC and broader gender focal point network, the IGC Secretariat and U.N. Parents are organising an online interactive workshop on parental leave in the UN System. The event will be organised the day after the Global Day of Parents taking place on the 1st of June.

The event is open to Gender Champions, IGC focal points, gender experts from United Nations agencies and other international and civil society organisations, representatives from Permanent Missions to the UN, and the U.N. Parents members.

We encourage you to register by 31 May. If you have any questions, please contact the IGC Secretariat at admin@genderchampions.com