By connecting strong female and male leadership within and between key institutions, the network facilitates a deeper level of collaborative exchange and leverages institutional knowledge.

The core of the International Gender Champions work begins with the Panel Parity Pledge and Two Smart commitments that each Champion makes every year.

The Panel Parity Pledge: Creating International Awareness & raising women’s voices

Visibility is key for role models in the public space and the workplace, and women’s distinct and expert voices must be elevated through gender parity. Diverse points of view generate sustainable, innovative solutions, and lead to a change in culture.

Through the Panel Parity Pledge, Champions commit to no longer take part in any single-sex panels. This Pledge has made the notion of single-sex panels unacceptable in the hubs where IGC operates and Champions have thus taken the lead in raising awareness of the need to ensure gender parity. 

How do I uphold the PPP? See our quick guide!

S.M.A.R.T. Commitments: A thousand steps closer to gender equality

Each Gender Champion makes two personal commitments to advance gender equality in their organisation or programmatic work. All Gender Champions report on their commitments in the end of each calendar year. Some examples are including below. These commitments are:

  • Specific to the Champion and their organisation
  • Measurable
  • Action-oriented
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound 

Since IGC’s foundation in 2015, Champions have made over 1,000 commitments collectively, in such areas as good governance, leadership & accountability, work-life balance, programmatic work, organisational culture etc.
Examples of the most powerful commitments undertaken by Champions can be found here. A guidance on how to craft S.M.A.R.T. commitments is also available here.

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





Systematically advocate for strong language on gender equality and gender empowerment in resolutions, statements, and events.

Strive for the introduction of greater protections and benefits for support staff, including but not limited to paid parental leave, to be centrally funded by the IRMCT.

The IIP commits to mainstreaming gender perspectives into all other relevant IIP events and programming through directed questions, subjects, panelists, and publications for the period 2020-2021.

By December 2021, install zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment by making completion of “Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)” course obligatory for all current and future staff members.

Engage actively in global advocacy efforts for the elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls through the Orange the World Campaign 2021 by organising at least 1 event and highlighting it through the network and social media channels of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.