Following the appointment of former Chair Ms. Arancha González as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain in January 2020, the IGC Global Board unanimously appointed Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), as its new Chair.
Mr. Chungong has been an active International Gender Champion since the launch of the initiative in 2015. His organisation, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, has led groundwork to advance gender equality around three main objectives: increasing the number of women in parliaments; supporting women Parliamentarians; and transforming parliaments into gender-sensitive institutions that deliver on women’s rights.
Under the leadership of Mr. Chungong who serves as one of the co-chairs of the Representation Impact Group, the IPU has played an instrumental role in developing and socialising the IGC Gender-Responsive Assemblies Toolkit to key international organisations such as the International Labour Organisation, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the World Health Organisation, to promote the implementation of the Toolkit’s recommendations.
Mr. Chungong recently signed an open call including 10 key recommendations from the toolkit to advance gender equality in future processes for nominations and elections of human rights experts at the Human Rights Council and on treaty bodies.
The main functions of the IGC Board are to provide strategic direction to the initiative, in such areas as programmatic work, fundraising and network growth. Other Board members’ profiles can be viewed here.
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