Gender Champions at the IPU

Gender Champions at the IPU


Gender Champions at the IPU. © Joel Sheakoski

At the IPU, we are strongly committed to gender parity. As part of this commitment, we have two Gender Champions: IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and Paddy Torsney, IPU Permanent Observer to the UN in New York.

The International Gender Champions is a network of decision makers, male and female, who have committed to breaking down gender barriers. Gender Champions sign the Gender Parity Pledge to strive for gender parity in all discussions.

Below are pledges made by Mr. Chungong and Ms. Torsney.

Martin Chungong
As a Gender Champion, I pledge to:

  • Ensure that at least 30% of participants in IPU Assemblies are women and that all decision-making structures of the IPU comprise a minimum of 30% women by 2017 and reach 40% by 2020.
  • Step up efforts to ensure that gender equality is part and parcel of the IPU’s work and functioning, including by: a) developing a gender mainstreaming tool for all programmes of support to parliaments by 2017; and b) carrying out an assessment of the work environment at the IPU from a gender perspective by 2017.
  • As an extension to my GGC Panel Parity Pledge: a) Issue internal guidelines to ensure that there is always a man and a woman panellist in every debate organised by the IPU by 2017; b) track and report on the gender composition of all panels held during IPU Assemblies from 2017; and c) organise “Parity Debates” during IPU Assemblies, where there is gender parity on the panel and gender balance among participants.

Paddy Torsney
As a Gender Champion, I pledge to:

  • Ensure that panels arranged by the Office of the Permanent Observer will be gender equal, and further, that I will track and report on the gender composition of all panels we organize in 2017.
  • Mainstream a gender perspective in every speech/presentation I make.
  • Dedicate time each month to mentor and empower young women in advancing their career aspirations.