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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Draft and post an article on the Foundation’s website about gender as it relates to one our main areas of work (e.g. transitions to peace or prevention of violent extremism)

Commit to one intern scholarship programme per year for a female candidate from a disadvantaged background to develop skills and training for a career in international law.

Further to this, I will promote a more gender-balanced UNEA-6 bureau, by strongly encouraging female candidates from the various regions to run for membership in the bureau. The UNEA bureau provides guidance to member states and the UNEP secretariat in the preparation of the biennial Assembly, and organizes the meeting with a view to maximize its impact under the leadership of the president.

Establish a Fellowship Programme for women in anti-corruption with the aim of increasing the number of women studying anti-corruption through awarding scholarships and work experience opportunities.

Lead the Representation Impact Group aiming to implement the Gender-Responsive Assemblies toolkit in Vienna and improve equal representation of women at assemblies of Vienna-based entities.