The International Gender Champions Geneva Initiative

The International Gender Champions Geneva Initiative is a leadership network that brings together decision makers who commit to promote gender equality. All gender champions sign a panel parity pledge for gender balance when inviting experts for panel discussions. Each champion has committed to two additional measures, which are concrete actions to advance gender equality in their organisation and throughout their work.

In October 2015, Rolf Heuer and Fabiola Gianotti signed together with 41 diplomatic missions and 21 intergovernmental organizations based in Geneva to be International Gender Champions Geneva.  

CERN's Director General commitments for the International Gender Champions Initiative, in 2018, are:

  • To host at least one annual event at CERN dealing with an important issue for women’s empowerment in science, engineering and technology.

  • To systematically include slides in the presentations of CERN to the visitors guests of the Director-General (close to 140 visits per year), on diversity at CERN and notably on gender equality, to outline CERN’s diversity policy and potentially influence other organizations by sharing a vision.

The Gender Champion Network is being updated on the progress of the commitments and meets twice a year to exchange experiences and strategies to help achieve gender equality and break down gender barriers.

The CERN focal point for the CERN Gender Champion is Laure Esteveny (IR -SPE), contact her for more information or read more about the International Gender Champion Geneva initiative.