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International Gender Champions

Selected at the 2018 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2019

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International Gender Champions

Geographical Area
Peace and Security

The project is a leadership network of female and male decision makers from civil society, international organizations and member states committed to achieve gender equality in their activities.


International Gender Champions (IGC) is a leadership network bringing together female and male decision-makers determined to break down Gender barriers and make Gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence. The network was launched at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in July 2015. Since 2017, the International Gender Champions has experienced rapid growth, expanding from Geneva to other cities, including New York (United States) and Vienna (Austria), soon to be joined by Hubs in Nairobi (Kenya), Bonn (Germany) and Paris (France).

To date, the network numbers over 300 active Champions and Alumni who are the heads of International Organizations, permanent missions, and organizations from the civil society. All Champions sign the Panel Parity Pledge to no longer sit on single-sex panels, the core of their initiative. Champions also make two individualized commitments to achieve Gender equality in their organization and its activities. Additionally, Champions are expected to adhere to the IGC values and to act in accordance with the highest ethical standards, including:
• Treating every person with respect and fairness.
• Valuing diversity.
• Creating and maintaining safe workplaces.
• Working together with other Champions in a spirit of openness, honesty and transparency.

Finally, Champions work in groups on sector specific impacts. IGC’s Trade Impact Group made history at World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference, when its Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment was joined by 120+ Member States and Observers. The Buenos Aires Declaration is critical as it institutionally encourages countries to identify impact of trade on women and take this into consideration in their trade agreements with potential global impact on women’s economic status. IGC Impact Groups on Representation, Standards, and Disarmament are working on similar sector impact.

In the coming year, IGC would like to be introduced at the highest level and become more involved in key international events. IGC also wishes to increase its visibility, and to develop the communication around the project in Europe. The Scale-up Committee helps by providing strategic advice in the areas of communication and human resources. Tailored support is also provided regarding advocacy and political lobbying.


A tri-partite leadership network led by civil society, international organizations and member states, that brings together female & male decision-makers to break down gender barriers.

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