IGC: The Year So Far
Impact January – July 2017
Before the summer break we thought it would be useful to take stock of what we have accomplished in the first half of 2017 including:
The launch of 3 new IGC Hubs
Publication of our first book
Creation of 4 Geneva Impact Groups
Convening, Receptions, Events, Reviews
GROUP OF FRIENDS We began the year with a meeting of the Group of Friends, a group of Champions from each of our tri partite groups including co-founders Director-General Michael Møller of UNOG, Ambassador Pam Hamamoto of US Mission, and CEO/Founder Caitlin Kraft-Buchman of Women@theTable/w@tt , and Ambassador Veronika Bard of Sweden; Guy Ryder, Director-General ILO; Ambassador Yvette Stevens Sierra Leone; Executive Director Arancha González International Trade Centre; Director-General, Scott Weber Interpeace; and Anne-Sophie Lois of Plan International. We made plans for our new Impact Groups, and bid fond farewell to Ambassador Hamamoto rotating off the Group as she was leaving Geneva, and welcoming Ambassador Bard of Sweden who accepted our offer to take on greater leadership responsibilities within the IGC network.
IMPACT GROUPS were created for the new year, led by Champions to create mandate and movement, and thematically chosen to maximize strategic opportunities they are:
Representation Co Chaired by Sweden, ILO, Afghanistan
Change Management co chaired by UK, UNAIDS
Trade co chaired by Iceland, ITC, and Sierra Leone
Health co chaired by Colombia and Plan International
Impact groups are open to all Champions.
Health Impact Group met several times with an expanded group drafting a Call to Action for ……
They convened a Breakfast of the EB of WHO whosigned the Call To Action, a vcopy of which was published simultaneously in The Lancet
Trade Impact Group met for an action plan Brainstorm, deciding to convene an expanded group of Champions and WTO Ambassadors interested in Gender and Trade.
New Hub In New York, the IGC New York group led by Ambassador Jürg Lauber and the Swiss Mission in New York prepared for the New York hard launch in March during CSW, and convened Focal Points for a 28 person strong breakfast to talk about aims for the IGC group
Focal Point Meeting Geneva All Hands convened for the first all Focal Point Quarterly meeting of 2017. Hosted by UNOG.
Trade Impact Group Lunch with 12 WTO Ambassadors and trade negotiators beginning a dynamic discussion on gender and trade.
Sports Federations Convened by Switzerland representatives of 25 Sports Federations including the International Olympic Committee, Equestrian, Sailing, Archery, Basketball, Olympic Summer games met in Lausanne to hear about International Gender Champions and potential collaborations with the world of sport.
All Champions Meeting Foreign Minister HE Margot Wallstrom, Sweden becomes our first Honorary Gender Champion with her speech "What Difference Does a Feminist Foreign Policy Make?"
An address to the International Gender Champions at a Reception Hosted at WIPO by Champion, DG Francis Gurry. The evening brought tougher the Champions and female judges, parliamentarians, ministers and Mayors attending the first Breakthrough Barriers Summit in Geneva.
Global Health Event: Convened by the Global Health Center, (part of our Champion Graduate Institute for Development and International Studies), all three WHO Director-General candidates speak about their plans for the future, including gender in their internal and external work.
Brown Bag Lunch: a gathering for focal points. Hosted at UNOG.
International Women’s Day: events with IGC, UNOG, Switzerland and International Sporting Federations
Opening of CSW in New York: UN Secretary-General António Guterres opens the Committee on the Status of Women with a speech that encourages other senior leaders to join the International Gender Champions
IGC-New York Launch at the Delegates Room with Special Guest UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Azadeh Khalili, NYC Commission on Gender Equity, Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women@theTable. Moderated by Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Switzerland.
Representation Impact Group brainstorm with Champions and Civil Society at the Swedish Mission in Geneva.
IGC Honorary Champion: President Michelle Bachelet of Chile ! President Bachelet becomes an Honorary Gender Champion at an event hosted by IGC Champion François Longchamp, President of the Canton de Genève.
International Women’s Day: in collaboration with Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, a luncheon for Gender Champions and Heads of International Sports Federations
OUR FIRST BOOK LAUNCH! A joint publication between IGC & UN Women
"Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums" How can women have a voice on the international stage? How can we ensure equal participation of women and men at the negotiating and decision-making table?
Panel at UN Library Geneva,
Gender Responsive Standards Convening by UNECE hosted by ITC
What would gender responsive standards look like? Do they exist ? How to optimize or create them?
Trade Impact Group
New York Book Launch "Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums" gathers leading figures in the intergovernmental arena to bring greater visibility to the imperative of promoting women’s participation and achieving gender balance in intergovernmental decision-making forums and processes.
Women in Science Breaking the Cliché convened by
Hosted by the World Meteorological Organization, at their HDQ in Geneva
Gender Responsive Standards Web Ex Follow Up Convening
Brown Bag Breakfast: Single Sex Panel Language
When a Champion is asked to sit on a panel how to include correspondence to the organisers letting them know the Champion has taken the IGC Panel Parity Pledge and requesting tha thte organisers consider the gender balance of the panel.
Roundtable Lunch: Strengthening Gender Responsive Language in International For a Special Guests:
Particularly timely event given the number of Governing Body meetings in May and June, and for those Champion groups have made commitments that reference the need to strengthen the language they use in resolutions, statements and other negotiated documents.
Spring IGC-Geneva Focal Point Meeting
With Communications Teams: Sharing Information, Blasting the Network
Focal Points: What’s Happening? Wisdom from the Network
IGC Change Management Impact Group: Towards Gender-Responsive Change Management
Hosted at UN AIDS, Kofi Annan Room
What are the barriers? What’s holding us back from gender parity ? A discussion and solutions. For Human Resources professional, change management and gender focal points across the IGC network.
IGC-Geneva Champions Meeting : Mid Term Review. The Champions twice yearly meeting. Bringing strong solutions that are working. And obstacles that are difficult.
Hosted by UNOG in the Cinema Room
Launch of the Global Gender & Environment Outlook
An open air event and breakfast in the fields outside the Maison de la Paix, Geneva
GENEVA Representation Impact Group: Ensuring Equal Representation Event
Side Event at the Human Rights Council with Champions & Activists, including:
In the Rotunda of UN in Vienna
Brown Bag Reception: new CEDAW Chairperson Professor Dalia Leinarte
An event to strengthen ties & understanding of CEDAW's work as CEDAW begins its session Monday, 3 July in Geneva.
Change management: How to Sustain Gender-responsive Change
One month after we met to ‘Nudge the unconscious mind for gender equality’, this exclusive event on how to sustain gender-responsive brings together Change Management Experts, Gender Focal Points and Senior HR colleagues for an interactive, action-oriented discussion as part of the UNLOCK Peer Exchange meeting in Geneva.
Aid for Trade Events at the WTO:
Launch of the Trade and Gender Toolbox
"What would happen to women if a given trade policy were implemented?" - UNCTAD's presentation of the Trade and Gender Toolbox sponsored by Sweden, during a side-event of the Aid for Trade Global Review.
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