International Gender Champions

A leadership network that brings together female and male decision-makers to break down gender barriers.

I am happy to be an International Gender Champion. I encourage other senior leaders to be part of this campaign for equality.

António Guterres
Secretary-General, United Nations

Gender equality is a top priority for me personally because no society can develop; economically, politically, or socially;...

Harald Aspelund
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations in Geneva

I strongly believe that with relentless commitment and concrete institutional action we can achieve gender parity.

Roberto Azevêdo
Director-General, World Trade Organization

Promoting progress towards building a world that guarantees the rights of women and girls is more than a challenge.

Michelle Bachelet
President of the Republic of Chile, and former Executive-Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Our work going forward needs to focus on the transformative process needed to go to scale and to ensure that women are equally...

Sima Bahous
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations in New York

Fifty per cent of the population warrants the same visibility as the other fifty percent.

We ALL support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge


In addition to the Panel Parity Pledge, each Gender Champion makes two individual commitments specific to moving gender equality forward in their organization.


How can we make equal pay for women and men a reality?

On average, women in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region earn only 81.8 cents for every euro men make. At the current rate, over 100 years will be needed to close the gap.

IGC Trade Impact Working Group: Call for Good Practices

Following the adoption of the Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade in December 2017, the IGC Trade Impact Group calls on WTO Members and Observers to share good practices

International Gender Champions 2017 Annual Report is out

Find out what the International Gender Champions have achieved in 2017!

Launch of the new International Gender Champions-Nairobi hub on 7 March 2018!

An IGC-Nairobi hub was created during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi on 5 December 2017


Reshaping Trade through Women's Economic Empowerment

Reshaping Trade through Women's Economic Empowerment

Conference organized by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the WTO to follow up on the Declaration on Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment at WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017.
April 20, 2018 @ 09:00
My Year With Helen

My Year With Helen

Film Screening organized by the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to UN Geneva in presence of Special Guest former UNDP Administrator and former Prime Minister of NZ, Ms Helen Clark.
April 23, 2018 @ 17:30
IGC - Geneva 2nd Focal Points meeting

IGC - Geneva 2nd Focal Points meeting

2nd Focal Points' meeting of the year
May 14, 2018 @ 14:00