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 2,000 commitments collectively, in such areas as good governance, leadership & accountability, work-life balance, programmatic work, organisational culture etc.

We have drawn on Champions commitments and incorporated themes identified by Generation Equality to provide you with a NEW 2021 guide, here. Together with our complimentary guide on intersectional discrimination which provides suggested language and resources to for this, 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.

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Encourage the UN System to promote gender balance and work-life balance at all levels, and request regular updates on plans and resources allocated to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment.

Use our platform to raise the voices of women civil society and feminist organizations, as well as advocate to increasingly use our own funds and galvanize the donor community to support them in their work. When organizing civil society side events, we commit to actively search to invite female participants from civil society, including young women. We will also increasingly use our social media to support the mandates and UN interventions of female and gender equality centered civil society briefers and special mandate holders.

Promote a gender inclusive and gender sensitive work environment within my mission, including by 1) actively supporting and promoting career advancement of women colleagues especially into leadership positions as well as breaking down advancement barriers, 2) regularly and continuously communicating to staff our commitment to gender equality, 3) enforcing a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment and sexism and 4) by having regular working hours and supporting women and men who require flexible work arrangements for all types of family responsibilities.

Internally, we aim to create a more equitable and inclusive organization with increased diversity at all levels and commit to leading on 3 organizational wide initiatives to further this commitment in 2021.

Recognizing girls and women in all their diversity, intersectionality will be the cornerstone of Women Deliver's new 2021-2025 strategy and our programming