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 very proud to be an International Gender Champion. Promoting gender equality is not only important for my organisation, World Sailing, but for international sport as a whole.

Kim Andersen
President, World Sailing

Gender equality is a top priority for me personally because no society can develop; economically, politically, or socially; without it. Gender equality benefits all.

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. We can also ensure that gender equality becomes second nature to all.

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. It’s a necessity and an obligation.

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)

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.


Gender Champion Vojislav Šuc stands against harassment at Human Rights Council

Listen to his strong statement at the opening of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday 18 June 2018.

Meet the UN Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women in Law and in Practice

Listen to the five members of the UN Working Group and read their latest report presented at the Human Rights Council 38th sessions

Towards Gender Parity at UN 73rd General Assembly

Letter by International Gender Champion Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly calling for gender parity at UNGA elections next week


Women and Global Diplomacy

Women and Global Diplomacy

The UN Museum Geneva presents a temporary exhibition on Women and Global Diplomacy: From Peace Movements to the United Nations
May 18, 2018 @ 12:30
What's on the gender agenda at HRC38

What's on the gender agenda at HRC38

Annual Full Day of discussion on the rights of women and oral updates at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council.
June 18, 2018 @ 09:00
As Marias

As Marias

Opening of a beautiful exhibition «As Marias» of Leca Araujo, a curious perspective of Brazil through women
June 19, 2018 @ 18:00