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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, I commit to undertake the following:

  • Make IPU Assemblies ever more gender-responsive, including by: a) Ensuring that at least 30% of participants in IPU Assemblies are women and that all decision-making structures of the IPU reach 40% by 2020; b) Continuing to organize yearly “Parity Debates” during IPU Assemblies, where there is gender parity on the panel and gender balance among participants; c) Starting a consultative process in 2019 to develop a framework for promoting a sexism-free and harassment-free environment at IPU Assemblies.
  • Step up efforts to ensure that gender equality is part and parcel of the IPU's work and functioning, including by: a) Operationalizing a gender mainstreaming tool for all programmes of support to parliaments by 2019; b) Carrying out an assessment of the work environment at the IPU from a gender perspective in 2019; and c) Continuing to track and publicly report on the gender composition of all panels that the IPU organises at regional and international meetings.

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

  • Dedicate two hours each month to mentor and empower at least one young woman in advancing her career aspirations and report on it.
  • Mainstream a gender perspective in every speech/presentation I make, and track and report on the gender composition of all panels we organize in New York in 2018.

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.