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International Gender Champions - Geneva

We are pleased to present:

International Gender Champions - Geneva


Gender equality is essential for us to achieve peace, rights and well-being for all. Yet, far too often inequalities in the participation and voice of women and men prevent us from reaching our shared goals. Real change requires greater visibility at the highest levels, sustained through concrete actions that make a real difference in our daily work.

With its broad range of actors and a tradition for inclusive partnerships, International Geneva provides the ideal platform for stronger action to promote gender equality.

Amongst the 17 SDGS of the UN 2030 Agenda, SGD5 focuses on “Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls “. 20 years after the Beijing Declaration, too little has changed. Real change in this field requires greater visibility at the highest levels. Leadership matters!


Against this background, this initiative will bring together committed leaders to serve as International Geneva Gender Champions for gender equality.

The network draws on the United Nations System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP), and reinforces other International Geneva initiatives to facilitate strong cross-cutting links for the greatest possible impact.

By connecting institutions and individuals in a new constellation, the network will enable a deeper level of engagement where gender equality and diversity become the norm.


All International Geneva Gender Champions commit to:
  • Signing up to the Panel Parity Pledge that aims to strive for gender parity in all discussions in International Geneva;
  • Undertaking two additional concrete, measurable, accountable institutional actions in the calendar year to advance gender equality, either in the executive management of the organization or in programmatic work. As the objective of the network is to engage senior leadership and elevate awareness, the actions may be drawn from strategy documents or work plans for the organization. Existing work can be made more visible with a view to strengthening ongoing efforts, or new initiatives can be launched specifically for the network;
  • Highlighting the network on their respective home pages, and to reporting annual results and progress on the organization’s website;
  • Participating in an annual meeting of the network to exchange experience and strategize on how to further advance and embed gender equality.


The initiative has been successful beyond expectations and as of July 2017 includes over 200 heads of international organizations, permanent missions, non-governmental organizations and private sector entities in and around Geneva. Together, they have made some 600 commitments towards gender equality. Though tailored to each organization, common themes have emerged such as recruitment and promotion of talented women, changes in organizational culture, women's representation on delegations or the development of policies or strategic frameworks on gender and diversity.

An International Gender Champions - New York chapter was officially launched on 20 March 2017, and in Vienna on 14 June 2017, and more may follow in other multilateral hubs, including Bonn-Berlin soon.

Speech by the Director General

Download the Concept note here.

Download the Annual Report here.

"Shaping the international agenda: raising women's voices in international forums, International Gender Champions / UN-Women, March 2017": http://www.unog.ch/women-voices-intergov-forums-en

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