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.





Report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations any allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse that are brought to its attention and take appropriate measures to address such allegations, in accordance with established rules and procedures for dealing with cases of staff misconduct, and furthermore develop dedicated policies to tackle harassment and casual sexism, and report on them.

Organize a specific digital/live event in 2021 with a view to promoting gender diversity in decision-making positions.

I commit to ensuring a gender balance across the events organised by our mission in 2021 and 2022.

Review the Human Resource Manual of the Embassy to ensure gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness through the implementation of up-to-date policies and practices for the whole team of the Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya.

I pledge to develop, with colleagues in the British Embassy, an inclusion compact setting out the gender equality principles by which we will support all staff in the Embassy.