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Gender Champions at the IPU

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. Also see the IPU Secretary General's guidelines to implement gender parity on panels.

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

Martin Chungong
As a Gender Champion and recipient of the Inaugural SDG5 Male Champion for Change Award, I commit to undertake the following:

  • Make IPU Assemblies ever more gender-responsive, including by: a) Encouraging IPU Members to continuously improve gender equality in participation at Assemblies and ensuring they comply with existing commitments; and b) Developing a framework to promote a sexism-free and harassment-free environment at IPU Assemblies by 2021.
  • Step up efforts to ensure that gender equality is part and parcel of the IPU's work and functioning, with a specific focus on the empowerment of girls and young women as part of our Generation Equality engagement, in particular by: a) Testing a gender mainstreaming tool for all programmes of support to parliaments for implementation by 2021, including the youth programme; and b) Organizing at least one event in 2021 with adolescent girls and young women.

Paddy Torsney
As a Gender Champion, I commit to undertake the following:

  • Mobilize at least three other leaders to become International Gender Champions, raising the opportunity to join the NY Hub and helping them understand and complete the process - and to live the commitments.
  • Mentor women in their careers, particularly young women as they graduate, talking to them directly and ensuring they see openings, coaching them to success.

Video of Roundtable on the role of male gender champions on promoting women's political participation and leadership
Organized on 2 October 2017 by International Gender Champions in partnership with International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics. IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong moderated, and speakers included H.E Elayne Whyte Gómez, Ambassador of CostaRica to the UN Geneva; Michael Møller, Director General of the UN Geneva; and H.E. Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador of Fiji to the UN Geneva.