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

We need our institutions to provide proper incentives and support to women, so we can develop our full potential. Women empowerment means excelling in every aspect of our lives within our female nature.

Alicia Buenrostro Massieu
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mexico to International Organizations in Vienna

Gender equality is a priority for UNDSS: it brings more value to our workforce and operations and, most importantly, it is the right thing to do.

Peter Drennan
Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Safety and Security

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

"What we mean by a Feminist policy is to continue to ask where are the women, do they have a voice and a seat at the decision-making table, are they the negotiators and mediators ? If not we will train...

Margot Wallström
Foreign Minister, Government of Sweden

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 congratulates Champion Michelle Bachelet on her appointment as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights!

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following approval by the General Assembly, appointed Michelle Bachelet of Chile as new High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Gender Champions initiative celebrates 3-year anniversary

The International Gender Champions initiative was created in Geneva 3 years ago, on 1 July 2015. Watch what the Champions think about it!

IGC has its first Finance Minister

Minister Bill Morneau of Canada wishes to form an International Gender Champions-Finance Hub with other Ministers and high-level officials.

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.


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
Gender equality: why is it so difficult to achieve?
September 25, 2018 @ 18:30
Discussion on 'Securing our common future: Promoting gender-responsive disarmament and security'

Discussion on 'Securing our common future: Promoting gender-responsive disarmament and security'

The IGC Disarmament Impact Group is organizing a New York discussion on promoting gender-responsive disarmament and security, on 15 October 2018.
October 15, 2018 @ 13:15