Launch of the IGC Youth Champions Programme - apply now!

The International Gender Champions Secretariat is delighted to announce the launch of its new pilot initiative, the Youth Champions Programme, with the support of the United States Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva. 

To effectively dismantle barriers to gender equality, joining efforts of committed leaders across different generations is key. Our programme seeks to amplify the voices of a vibrant generation of future leaders and highlight their role as catalysts for positive change, while providing them with a platform to advance their work and tap into the expertise of international decision-makers. Established Gender Champions, in turn, will benefit from the unique perspectives, expertise and skills of young activists. 

The six-month pilot initiative will connect Geneva-based Gender Champions and six young gender equality activists from different parts of the world in a dynamic and reciprocal mentoring exchange. By transitioning away from a conventional mentoring format towards a more collaborative and inclusive exchange, the programme seeks to:  

  • Foster intergenerational dialogue; 

  • Amplify the voices of next-generation leaders by providing them with a platform to advance their work and tap into the expertise of international decision-makers; 

  • Cultivate learning opportunities for established decision-makers, who stand to gain invaluable insights, expertise and skills from young activists. 

Each mentoring pair will be expected to meet at least once a month, either in-person or virtually, depending on where the activist is based. Further, each pair will feature in one of the IGC’s monthly podcast episodes to discuss actionable solutions for gender equality, and produce a shared output of their choice, whether that is co-authoring an article or organising a public discussion.  

Are you a young activist committed to making gender equality a reality? Apply now!  

We welcome young activists working across a variety of thematic focus areas, including, but not limited to, gender-based violence, climate action, engaging men and boys, sexual and reproductive health, Women, Peace & Security (WPS), and digital technologies. As part of their application, activists are required to submit their CVs, outline their motivation, and share a video presentation of themselves. Alongside having a proven track record of activism and community organising focused on gender equality, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity and diversity in their work, be proficient in English and adhere to the IGC’s values and pledges, including the Panel Parity Pledge and GBV Pledge.  


  • 8-31 March, 2024: Call for Applications 

  • 1- 10 April, 2024: Review of Applications 

  • 22 April, 2024: Start of Programme 

  • 18 October, 2024: End of Programme 

For more detailed information, please consult our Youth Champions Programme Explainer.  

Interested? Submit your application by 31 March via our application portal.