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

I am greatly honored to be able to join the International Gender Champions, which gives me the opportunity to continue my work -- now in my new role as Ambassador of Afghanistan in Vienna – in promoting e...

Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel
Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna

While it is heartening to see more women occupy positions of influence in African Governments, systemic societal gender inequality remains deeply entrenched.

Clementine Nkweta-Salami
Regional Director for the East, Horn and Great Lakes Regions of Africa, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

We have no other option than to walk the talk if we are serious about gender equality in daily life.

Salman Bal
Director, Ambassador, Centre d'Accueil de la Genève Internationale

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.


IGC's Five-Year Anniversary: Changing Institutions & Mindsets

As part of IGC's Fifth Anniversary celebrations, the leaders of four Impact Groups in Trade, Disarmament, Representation & Justice, gathered on 1 July 2020 to reflect on what has worked, as well as opportunities and challenges going forward.

Five years of commitment, collaboration & impact: Champions celebrate IGC’s five-year anniversary and look forward to the future

On 29 June 2020, Champions and Alumni kicked off a week-long celebration of the International Gender Champions (IGC) initiative’s fifth anniversary during a cross-hub virtual event.

The International Gender Champions initiative celebrates its five-year anniversary

To mark 5 years of commitment, collaboration and impact, the International Gender Champions network is organizing a week-long virtual celebration from 29 June to 3 July 2020.