Storytelling and Gender-based Violence - A Podcast with Evelyn A. Ankumah of Africa Legal Aid

In this podcast, Evelyn A. Ankumah, Executive Director of Africa Legal Aid a “woman-initiated, woman-led” and pan-African NGO based in IGC-Den Haag hub, talks about her commitment to ensuring that women everywhere, including women of colour, can come forward with their own stories of gendered violence and discrimination and how IGC GBV Pledge support these endeavours

Wetlands, Gender Equality & Climate Change - A Podcast with Martha Rojas of the Ramsar Convention

In this podcast, recent IGC Alumni, Martha Rojas Urrego, Former Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, looks at the intersection of wetlands, women’s rights and gender equality. With 87% of wetlands already lost on our planet, listen in to how this alarming figure has a profound impact on all people and the planet and how women are key agents for suitable solutions.

Putting Gender Equality at The Centre of Recovery and Transformation

After navigating more than two years of a global pandemic, billions of people are now facing the greatest cost-of-living crisis in a generation. The fallout for women and girls has been severe.

Women, Oceans and Climate Change – A Podcast with Ambassador Rabab Fatima of Bangladesh to New York

In this podcast, Ambassador Rabab Fatima talks about her engagement in the new IGC Impact Group on Research and Oceans for Women (IGROW), answers why the climate-gender nexus is imperative, and shares words of inspiration on how to ensure a women-friendly working environment.

Workshop: Parental Leave in the U.N. System – A Short Summary

To commemorate the Global Parent Day, the International Gender Champions (IGC) and U.N. Parents held a workshop on parental leave in the U.N. on 2 June 2022. The webinar brought together around 100 UN staff and non-staff alike and provided space to discuss parental leave in a safe and secure environment.

Champions in Solidarity with Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict observed on June 19th, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten highlighted that it is time to ‘address the underlying causes and invisible drivers of sexual violence… as well as harmful social norms related to honour, shame, and blaming victims’.

Free Online Courses on Gender-Based Violence

The IGC Secretariat has listed for you over 30 free self-paced online courses related to GBV. Expand your knowledge of different types of violence, sectors and levels, and discover levers of action.

IGC-Vienna 5 Years – A podcast with the founding Champions Amb. Holgate (USA), Amb. Solano Ortiz (Costa Rica) and Amb. Žvokelj (Slovenia)

In this podcast, IGC-Vienna warms-up for its 5th-anniversary celebration. Listen in to this conversation with the Troika Group Champions Amb. Barbara Žvokelj of the Republic of Slovenia, Amb. Alejandro Solano Ortiz of Costa Rica and Amb. Laura S.H. Holgate of the United States of America, talking about the history of the IGC Vienna Hub, its spirit, current status and mission, and future vision.

Vienna-based Alumni highlights: H. E. Mr. Leigh Turner, former Ambassador of the United Kingdom

Ambassador Leigh Turner served as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Austria from 2016 to 2021 and served as a Vienna-based International Gender Champion throughout his tenure. As Ambassador, he promoted a strong focus on gender equality in all aspects of his work at the Embassy and within the international organizations. While serving, he also published several books - his most recent is the Istanbul thriller "Palladium", published on 17 May 2022. Since becoming an alumnus of the International Gender Champions network, Ambassador Turner has gone on to write more books, the next of which – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy”, to be published by Czernin Verlag in spring 2023 – draws from his experience as a diplomat. This is an excerpt about fostering the empowerment of women in the diplomatic world from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Diplomacy," exploring Leigh's 42-year career and what it tells us about diplomacy and life. You can read more about his books and writing at

Leadership Exchange with Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand

On 21 April 2022, the Council of Women World Leaders and International Gender Champions co-hosted a leadership exchange with the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, H.E. Helen Clark, on the role women play in developing successful climate policies.