International Gender Champions Initiative
Supporting Equality and Diversity in the Workplace

The OPCW is committed to gender equality and providing equal opportunities for everyone as we work to rid the world of chemical weapons.

International Gender Champions

IGC is a leadership network that brings together female and male decision-makers determined to break down gender barriers and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence. 

IGC Panel Parity Pledge

All International Gender Champions sign the Panel Parity Pledge to no longer sit on single-sex panels. This Pledge is at the core of the International Gender Champions initiative.

“Our motto, working together for a world free of chemical weapons, can only be realised when we engage all of the world’s citizens in this challenging endeavour.

The toughest problems require the best people and making use of 100% of the talent pool. We celebrate diversity in all of its forms.”

– Fernando Arias, OPCW Director-General

OPCW IGC Commitments


Work-life Balance

Establish work-life balance arrangements which are available to all staff to foster an equitable and inclusive work environment.

Focal Points

Gender Focal Points

Establish and appoint Gender Focal Points in each Division of the OPCW to promote gender equality and ensure gender mainstreaming throughout the organisation.