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

Mobilizing the power of women is essential for a vibrant and growing society. Among many issues we tackle every day, no one could be completely independent of gender perspectives.

Mitsuru Kitano
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna

Women deserve to have an equal say in the technologies that drive our future.

Frans Vreeswijk
General Secretary & CEO, International Electrotechnical Commission

At this pivotal moment, when the nations of the world have committed to defending dignity for all and leaving no one behind, the pursuit of gender equality is more crucial than ever.

Kathy Calvin
President and CEO, United Nations Foundation

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

We ALL support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge

Pledges

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

News

The International Gender Champions expand to Paris!

After Geneva, New York, Vienna, Nairobi and The Hague, the International Gender Champions network is excited to announce the launch of a new hub in Paris. Disponible en français également.

Paris Peace Forum: IGC presents its achievements a year after its selection as an innovative project

At the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum in 2018, the International Gender Champions (IGC) initiative was selected as one of the ten winning projects for innovative governance, out of over a thousand applications.

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.

For the first time in history, four women lead disarmament affairs at the UN

With the appointment of Tatiana Valovaya as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, disarmament affairs at the UN are for the first time in history led by four women.