Top ICC Officials Join Gender Champions Network

International Gender Champions Network
International Gender Champions Network

In order to break down gender barriers at all levels, top officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) – President Chile Eboe-Osuji, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and Registrar Peter Lewis – have joined the “International Gender Champions” network.

This global leadership network brings together decision-makers determined to break down gender barriers and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence.

“The International Criminal Court needs to reflect in all its relevant policies the goal of equal representation of women and men – from all regions – in its workforce,” ICC President Chile Eboe-Osuji stated.

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By becoming International Gender Champions, the three officials agree to support the International Gender Champions Panel Parity Pledge. This pledge calls on the individual Gender Champion to challenge the absence of female speakers by discussing panel composition with event organizers, recommending female speakers, and creating a positive mind-set for the inclusion of women in all discussions affecting society.

ICC leadership also collectively committed to establishing an ICC Focal Point for Women Mechanism within the Court, to systematically assess and strengthen the status of women within the organization.

The three officials will also take concrete action to raise gender awareness and advance gender parity among ICC staff. Initiatives include introducing a mentorship program tailored for female staff; promoting access to professional development trainings to develop career-enhancing leadership and management skills; and organizing gender awareness trainings for staff.

The International Gender Champions (IGC) leadership network was launched in July 2015 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and hubs have been established in New York, Vienna, and Nairobi. The Hague Hub will be officially launched on 5 February 2019.

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