An all male panel at the Global Summit for Women

The Pledge – I will not be part of male-only panels

The pledge

“At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one woman on the panel, not including the Chair.”

Make The Pledge

At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one woman on the panel, not including the Chair

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Frequently asked questions

What happens if we have tried to find women but there is nobody available?

Try harder. I’ll be happy to suggest some women who would be much better than me. You may need to organise your conference a little earlier to be sure of getting women on your panels.

What happens if a woman drops out and we end up with a men-only panel?

There are many brilliant women – please find someone else to take her place.

What if a woman drops out at very short notice?

I get it: shit happens. You could cover yourself by planning to have two women on the panel (gosh!). But if I’ve agreed to be on a panel I won’t let you down if something genuinely unforseen happens. (But if this means a male-only panel, you’ll have to forgive me in advance for the fact that I am going to tease you about this in the meeting.)

Organising conferences is hard enough already?

The Gendered Conference Campaign has some great advice for conference organisers.

What else can we do?

  • Keep drawing attention to the issue. If you are at a conference with male-only panels, call it out.
  • Audit your events and keep track of the trends
  • Be mindful about promoting women through social media

Who has taken the pledge?

756Rien AchterbergGreenpeace
755Thor Svensen
754Mike TownsleyGreenpeace International
753Hope JohnsonBrisbane
752Rodrigo IsasiInsitum
751Andy Bellatti
750Catherine HarperHove
749John LupinacciWashington State University
748Linda ConnollyMaynooth University
747John RidpathDecoded
746Jonathan Downing
745Rebecca DavisCharleston
744Elizabeth LoderThe BMJ and Harvard Medical School
743Don MackieHealth Research Council of New Zealand
742Michael ReuterThe Nature Conservancy
741Norma FranklinUniversity of Haifa
740Francisco YermoActinAid UK
739Paua Charbonneau
738Wesley CopasSan Antonio College
737Marc KisselNotre Dame
736D. Alex WalthallUniversity of Texas, Austin
735Sarah Byford King's College London
734Greg DowneyMacquarie University, Australia
733Thomas Fischer ehs Dresden
732Ricky BobbyNASCAR
731Meryl AltmanDePauw University
730Thomas BolinSt. Norbert College
729Yong-jun ChoiHallym University
728Orion PozoNorth Carolina State University
727Elisabeth CulleyArizona State University
726Samuel HuskeyUniversity of Oklahoma
725Tarcizio SilvaBrazilian Institute of Research and Data Analysis (IBPAD)
724T. H. M. Gellar-GoadWake Forest University
723James FlexnerUniversity of Sydney
722Jon PowellWilliam Peace University
721Charles JonesThe Pennsylvania State University
720Aaron ChandlerStevenson University
719Jim WestMing Hua Theological College
718Alfred HarteminkUW Madison
717Steven SeggieOzyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
716Sue JohnsonGreater London Authority
715Jamie RatcliffGreater London Authority
714Adrian LovettONE Campaign
713Mwambu WanendeyaONE Campaign
712Luis GuardiaONE Campaign
711Willemijn de IonghOxfam
710Gemma CameronTech Events NW, HackManchester
709Bregtje VisserGenderTalent
708Rena Wolf
707Pieter Brokx
706Koen van Dijk
705Jennifer Britton
704Juri Mykkänen
703Mark de la VergneSam Schwartz Consulting
702Upaasna Kaul
701Don Carruthers Den HoedUniversity of Calgary
700Nic Jacksonnotonthehighstreet.com
699Asmelash Haile Tsegay
698Grant Cameron
697Talip KilicThe World Bank
696Matthias LeinVictoria University of Wellington
695Mike Dickison
694Gerry McGovernCustomer Carewords
693Derek MyersChange agent
692Bruce HaefeleHealthdirect Australia
691James Abley
690Phil Beardmore
689Mike BrackenThe Co-op.
688Jesse GriffithsEurodad
687Ben TerrettThe Co-op
686Tom LoosemoreThe Co-op
685Jon GreshamWriter
684Julia WagemannEuropean Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
683hajnalka petricsFAO
682Manuela Ravina da SilvaFAO
681Mike BrackenCo-op
680Gail LyonCo-op
679christopher fabianUNICEF
678Matt AndersonBROWZ
677Mark TehFive Arts Centre
676Iain Webb
675Daryl Qilin YamWriter
674KENNY LECKBooksActually
673Terence Eden
672Nick Hudson
671Ichiro FujinagaMcGill University
670Rakesh RajaniFord Foundation
669Antje WatermannUN
668Joel TANCheckpoint Theatre
667Michael TothUCL & RB Toth Associates
666Andy WilliamsCardiff University
665Boukje KistemakerUN
664David ColquhounUCL
663Stephen CurryImperial College
662Pernille Bussone
661Gilad IsaacsUniversity of the Witwatersrand
660Giovanni Cozziuniversity of greenwich
659Tony Pearson
658Jane BriginshawLONDON
657Stella GrayUniversity of Tasmania
656Simon SoonUniversity of Malaya
655Jeremy Tiang
654Heman Chong
653Joshua IpSing Lit Station (Director)
652Robert Zhao
651Dan KohFreelance writer, Singapore
650Noor Effendy IbrahimSingapore
649Huzir SulaimanCheckpoint Theatre, Singapore
648Shahram ZarrabianFamily Health Association of Iran
647Thushara AgusIPPF - CEO of the MA Sri Lanka
646yangchi pemaRENEW, IPPF
645Elisa NovoaCIVICUS
644Lana WestBNZ
643nishita dewanLONDON
642Caroline HicksonInternational Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
641Marie-Clare Fenech
640Giancarlo de PicciottoSwiss federal department of Foreign Affairs
639Cathal GilbertCIVICUS
638David PayArtistic Director, Music on Main
637Lisa CarlsonChef Shack
636Michal Pollard
635Daniel Rivas
634Valeria Silva
633Annette PritchardProfessor Cardiff Met University
632Nigel MorganProfessor at Surrey, Sunderland, Tromso
631Zeynep GogusJournalist
630Margreet ZwarteveenUNESCO-IHE and University of Amsterdam
629Florian BaileyUCS
628Joe Seth StarlingVolskaya industries
627Noel BushAbleton AG
626Michelle O'BrienAbleton
625Christopher SchwartzUnited Auto Workers
624Caroline Burle
623Renata Aquino RibeiroMAG IGF2016 - Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
622Lindiwe KhozaOMINIRA GROUP
621Suparno BanerjeeBoard, Talentnomics
620Wim Vandevelde
619Caroline SargentFreelance Conference Producer
618Mmamoloko Kubayi
617Aakar PatelAmnesty International India
616Isabella MuthoniI AM GOAL 5 www.iamgoal5.org
615Shekeshe MokgosiThe Other Foundation
614Nothando Ndebele Banking
613Babalwa Ngonyama
612Pumla Bolani
611Khetiwe McClain
610Pulane Kingston
609Sinegugu Duma UCT
608Brenda MadumiseBusiness
607Chiara CapraroChristian Aid
606Matti Kohonen
605Alison DoigChristian Aid
604Mary FarrellDublin institute of technology,,Dublin, Ireland
603Adam SparksCentre for Crop Health, University of Southern Queensland
602Brett MatthewsMy Oral Village, Inc.
601martin conroy
600Lilia GiugniUniversity of Cambridge
599Jaime Guitart VilchesMr
598Andrea JimenezRoyal Holloway University of London
597Afton HalloranUniversity of Copenhagen
596Dan BaumThe Redwoods Group Foundation
595Neil LevineUSAID
594Isabelle ProsserProsser Communication Consulting SCS
593Jesse Muchai
592Niall BarrUniversity of Glasgow
591julien bettlerNORLHA
590Martin SokolTrinity College Dublin
589Dick Rooduynrooduyn@gmail.com
588Rebekah ChewUnited Nations
587Ewald EngelenHerr
586Kirit PatelUnited Nations
585Simone SalaFAO
584Gareth Price-JonesCARE
583Joel HardingDFID
582Mary BlackHead of Strategy, Digital, Public Health England
581Jacqueline MorrisUTT
580Victoria MinettaCity of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board
579Felipe Estefan
578Camille Bouissou The Francis Crick Institute, UK
577Arto KiviniemiUniversity of Liverpool
576Ricardo Codinhoto
575Kenneth Andejeski
574Narnia BohlerHSRC
573Dick Prudence Munyeshuli
572Steven WagenseilCouncil for a Community of Democracies
571Rick ScobeyWorld Cocoa Organization
570Emily Baughman
569Yoke-Lian LeeKeele University
568Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
567Peter RobinsonDefence Counsel for Radovan Karadzic
566Kaitlin BallUniversity of Cambridge
565Mark RobinsonThinking Practice
564Tom ShakespeareUEA
563Gerjon Ikink
562David Nowell SmithUniversity of East Anglia
561Kris balderstonGeneral manager
560Ben MellorDFID
559LORNA SPEIDSPEID & ASSOCIATES, INC.
558Greg MartinUniversity of British Columbia
557Iain SimpsonOmidyar Network
556Peter RableyOmidyar Network
555Brian BallantyneAmazon
554Martin LukacUniversity of Reading
553Roberto Arias AlegriaMetaluxo IT Security
552Aria IlyadBSIA, WHO
551maga eseberga
550Samir BeharicUniversity of Sarajevo, Department for Journalism
549Brian Ulrich`Artist
548Will DaybleFitzroy Academy
547Richard Parncutt
546Simon Davies
545Aaron GenestSolido Design Automation
544PerMagnus LindborgNanyang Technological University
543Lori WatsonRCS
542John SnijdersDurham University
541Jascha Narveson
540Rodrigo TasconUniversity of Kent
539Duncan Lyall
538Lauren BernofskyMusical Arts Youth Organization (MAYO)
537Laura Zattramusicologist
536Tim Rutherford-Johnson
535Sandy Watson
534Amit Gilutz
533Georgia SpiropoulosALL
532Teresa ConnorsThe University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music
531Check Yourfactshttp://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/06/16/global_summit_of_women_all_male_panel_it_s_important_not_sexist_for_men.html
530Laura AhearnUSAID
529Emily WebberTacit / diversitycharter.org
528Josiah Oberholtzer
527Patricia Alessandrinicomposer/sound artist, Goldsmiths, University of London
526Emrah RexhepiPeace Worker
525Sanja Bogatinovska
524Borjan Gjuzelov
523Masha CemmaHospital for Sick Children
522Hamza TUniversity of Toronto
521Sam Li
520abtin parniaUniversity of Toronto
519Deji Ologbenla
518David KnoxBritish Council
517Frank GreenCatch & Release Films
516Michael JacobsMercy Corps
515Malcolm RyanDept of Computing, Macquarie University
514Meghan WerftGlobal Citizen
513Lujain Alqodmani
512Cristina Legido-QuigleyKing's College London
511Nicole HahnPrivate
510Josh Martinideas42
509Christina Bache FidanUniversity of Warwick
508Haritha MalladiNC State University
507Marco DeseriisNortheastern University
506Jenny CookeICE
505María Leticia CazeneuveIAPTI
504Lara FleischerOECD
503Mark Van NessReal Leaders
502Heather JohnsonEducational Policy, Higher Education, & Law
501PJ Manneywriter, speaker, futurist
500David Zyngier Monash university
499adriana pereiraN/A
498Hanna Gunnarsson
497Ray Hernández-DuránUniversity of New Mexico
496Jeff ShawSierra Club
495John RomponMcNally Capital, LLC
494Mariam ParwaizWomen in Global Health
493Madeleine LiljegrenKarolinska University Hospital/Lund University, Sweden
492Enrique MendizabalOn Think Tanks
491Chandra BriggmanWide Angle Media
490LeAnn BlackertThe United Church of Canada
489Alejandro PosadasLawyer and Legal Consultant (Mexico)
488Richard BottThe United Church of Canada
487Marise StuartNZMSA
486Joao Lebre
485Yves Hanoulle
484Andrew Foreshew-CainChurch of England
483Daniel SwislowNational Democratic Institute
482Nick DeakinEurOUT & Out In Business Club - London Business School
481Susana Reina
480Doug GriffithsNavy
479George TuckerAVNationTV
478Malcolm SilvanusUnited Nations
477Joyce MorinAmerican Baptist Churches, U.S.A.
476Michael GidneyCEO, Fairtrade Foundation
475David LancefieldPwC, Strategy&
474Lauren Connolly
473Andrew HargreavesUCAS
472Andy WoodfieldPwC
471ESTEBAN TAPELLAUNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE SAN JUAN
470Pablo Rodriguez-BilellaCONICET
469Sarika BhattacharyyaBiz Divas
468Ryan SirmonsUnited Church of Christ of Annapolis
467Marcus Belben
466Hein GoemansUniversity of Rochester
465Tom WingfieldDFID
464Stephen Foreshew-CainCabinet Office
463Andy ToftDFID
462Pete VowlesDFID
461Marcello SartarelliU. Alicante
460Clayton LaneCEO, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP)
459Lesley CowleyNon Exec Director
458Mark Braggins
457Gavin CrowdenWorld Vision UK
456Matt Wright
455Elena Cárdenes AlonsoULPGC
454Ángel Solano GarciaUniversidad de Granada
453María Cárdenes
452Antonio Cárdenes AlonsoFilm-maker
451Santiago Sanchez-PagesUniversity of Barcelona
450Peter Holmes à Court
449Gary StaceyIndustrial Workers of the World Dorset branch
448Mark LeesUniversity of Cardiff
447Paul SimpsonLecturer/researcher
446Steve EasttyUniversity of Sussex
445Jeanie FinlayArtist and Filmmaker
444Anne Louise AveryFlash of Splendour Arts
443Ruben van de BeltVrije Universiteit Amsterdam
442Kit MuellerFygment
441Dan SutchCast
440Nick PerksJoseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
439David Clubb RenewableUK
438Rick SloanUCubed
437Julian Le GrandLSE
436Geert Vansintjan
435Matthew ScottWorld Vision International
434Ben RamalingamODI/IDS
433Patricia Zamboni CoashAushi Mizani
432Theresia Lloyd-SiemerAFSCME
431Deirdre CulleyOECD
430Eric LaBrantPort of Vancouver USA
429Patience White
428María Jesús Largaespada Fredersdorff
427Guy JonesEuroconsult Mott MacDonald
426Tim Waitesdonor government
425Soma Misra
424Sian RasdaleDFID
423Archana ShuklaDFID
422Archana Shukla
421Nupur BaruaDFID
420Frank KessyYouth For Change
419Troy MedlinEcumenical Progressive Evangelical Seminarian
418Jacob Barker
417Jon HerrmannUSA250
416Kelly Krause
415Michael KinmanEpiscopal Church
414Andrew Baumgartner
413Adam Dowd
412Parnil UrdhwaresheGlad
411John O'Sullivan
410Andrew FrakerIDinsight
409Will BuglerAcclimatise Group Ltd.
408Benjamin Scheder-BieschinUniversity of Cambridge
407Cristina Manzanoesglobal
406Jake PorwayDataKind
405Allison Kelleyindependent consultant
404Ricardo Gladwell
403Keisha WaltersMS State University_Chemical Engineering
402Fred SchlomkaGreen Olive Collective
401Peter CherryUniversity of Edinburgh
400Miles Ten BrinkeUniversity of Manchester
399Marc HudsonPhD student
398Michael MartenUniversity of Stirling
397Gry Tina Tinde
396Casey KuhlmanEris Industries
395Eric Herring University of Bristol
394Stephen BlakeleyAgulhas
393Sam GeallUniversity of Sussex
392Jonah BuschCenter for Global Development
391Jeff Dickey
390alice hughesChinese Academy of Sciences
389Lesley CampbellRyerson University
388Amelie gauthier
387Rosalind GaterDFID
386Jonathan Moylan
385Elke Jeurissenwww.straffemadammen.com
384Gunder Varinlioglu
383Marleen TeugelsAmazone vzw asbl
382Bjorn Van RoozendaalILGA-Europe
381Bob MeyersGreenpeace
380Ariane Brunet
379Tom AllenGreenpeace Australia Pacific
378Brian FitzgeraldGreenpeace International
377Rien AchterbergGreenpeace
376Theo BodinKarolinska Institutet
375Anthony Henry
374Benjamin TaylorRedQuadrant
373Julie Melhus
372Guy TaylorGlobal Justice Now
371Rubina TareenAlvernia University, Reading,PA
370Andy LeighDFID
369Paulina Gebhart
368Andrew RivkinPlanetary Scientist
367Sahar TamanMuslim woman
366Helen Ditchburn
365Jūratė JuškaitėLithuanian Centre for Human Rights
364Michael Adrian
363Jenni Hymoff KoeppelAsociaciones de Vecinos de España
362Aaron Packard350.org
361Eszter BesenyeiHungarian Esperanto Youth Association
360Moses Milazzo
359Amara Graps
358Andrew BuchananBECTU freelance
357Joost VerwilghenPalladium
356Owen EmmersonUniversity of Sussex
355Zsuzsa Andóczi-Balogh
354Kata TüttőPolitics
353Søren PostStudent (International Development Studies), Lund University
352Haydn Thompson
351Rebecca Zhang
350Shawn HumphreyUniversity of Mary Washington
349Mick Power
348zachary power
347Byron Smith
346Mark Chenery
345Ntokozo QwabeRhodes Must Fall Oxford
344Tony MohrAlliance for Gambling Reform
343Emily Werner
342Adam MajcherClimateWorks
341Micah DemmertOxfam Australia
340Matt LeonardIFC
339Peter VanderwalPalladium
338Robin Todd
337Jake RossCambridge Education / Mott MacDonald
336Chuck Fletcher
335Jemilah Mahmood
334Michael Ashe
333Mark Gossington
332Jeremie Ratomposon
331Andrew HurstInternational Development Research Centre
330arbelbide maixan
329patric jeanzeromacho.eu
328Kamal FizaziMuslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity, former Board Member
327Necla Ozgunes
326Robert BakerWorld Bank Group
325Irina Burlacu
324Aisling nic Lynne
323Jaques BatmanbyThe United Nations
322Kristofer Fiore
321Lyndon CudlitzPride Center of the Capital Region, NY
320Phillipe Bojorquezlifeboat foundation, Crux
319Darren CosgroveSex educator, Social Worker
318Christopher Harrisson
317Mieke Kirkelslobbyist equality at labourmarket - in the 80-ties
316Patrick LonerganNUI Galway
315Julia Taddei
314Cynthia WhiteMe too
313Sueli Brodin
312Seth Ball
311John-Paul Flintoff
310Adam Tobias stanyer
309Nick ImrieWhatUsersDo
308Russell Hancock
307Andreas HippleGHR Foundation
306David YangUSAID
305vanessa gomez brakeStanford
304Bonnie McCayRutgers University
303maurizio geriOld Dominion University
302Cici Bauer
301Michael Clarke Western University, London, Canada
300Colin ClarkUniversity of the West of Scotland
299Matt BeereEducation Officer, Chapter
298Joe LambertStorycenter.org
297James PoissonRoman Catholic Church
296Ndamuwanepi John Ishemunyoro
295Chris WolzForum One
294Alasdair Kaychurch of England
293Valerka JankowskaPhysician
292Robert WerthRice University, USA
291Mark BowdenUniversity of Delaware
290Jason Cook
289Karin McCully The Lir/ Arts Council
288Susan Harris RimmerGriffith Law School, ANU
287Joanne BegiatoOxford Brookes University
286Shelly SilverSchool of the Arts, Columbia University
285Verena Freytag
284John CoventryChange.org
283Cesar Gamboa
282Joel HardingIW SME
281Sondra Cubanfaculty
280Jerry Montgomery
279Nicole Joens
278Shipra SuriUrban Planner/ISOCARP
277nathalie percillierfilmmaker
276Therese McIntyreNUI Galway
275DottieLou TaylorGarciaBernie
274Sarah RossSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
273Maria KoturbashUniversity of Saskatchewan
272mara owensSOU/SEIU
271Kyle Gillette Trinity university
270Kristopher JansmaSUNY New Paltz
269Seth EllisUniversity of Michigan
268Colin BeierSUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
267Jeff HerrityArtist
266Kyle McDonald
265Mary Ann BeavisSt. Thomas More College
264Amadio ArboledaJosai International University
263Simon Prag
262Loren FykesFruits in Suits Tokyo
261Paul Burns
260Joshua Vuglar
259Kabelo Mofokeng
258Leo Burtin
257Beth Powlesland
256Karl StarkeIndependent Occultist
255Daluxolo Moloantoa
254Therese KoturbashLawyer
253Tom Beardshaw
252Asra NomaniJournalist
251Alex WoolfUniversity of St Andrews
250Qurratulain ZamanBytes For All
249Harry GilesMe
248Abelone Koppel
247John Sam JonesWriter
246Abul Zaheer
245Mary Costello
244Giorgia Morero
243DR ELIE ASSAF Professeur / Avocat
242Max TeareChristian Blind Mission International
241Andrew CunninghamKing's College London
240Jonas Viggo Pedersen
239Jessica Broe-VaydaUniversity of Toronto
238Andrés HuesoWaterAid
237David T BrownBrock University
236Brian MacCraithPresident, Dublin City University
235kathleen horicks
234Carolyn Elerding
233Dianne FosterOccupy Bellingham
232Sally GriffithDirector of Film Hub Wales and Chapter Cinema (UK)
231Edward MitchardSchool of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
230Alexander CoreyUniversity of Colorado
229Neil MacleanAtnrhopology, University of Sydney
228Tim HolmanInformation Systems Security Association (ISSA)
227Friederike LuepkeSOAS
226Adam Buss
225Chris AthertonRoute to Space Ltd
224Daniel Bye
223John Mills
222Roy Alberto MenaAmerican chamber of commerce/ Gender Equity Forum director
221Kai van EikelsFreie Universität Berlin
220Larry AlbertSAG-AFTRA
219Andy Lee
218Nathan HaveyThrive Consulting Group
217Nancy LemayuOttawa
216Ed ChangUniversity of Oregon
215Kate LindsayUniversity of Oxford
214Xavier de Sousa
213Olivier Anéjump
212David LockwoodThe Bike Shed Theatre
211Alyson Hallettcolleague
210Dan Jacoby
209Colette Patterson
208Diana OhlbaumCenter for Strategic and International Studies
207Mary B RelottoSpeaking of Gender
206Steve Dimmick
205Alex Govers Lopez
204Gary HillsIndependent arts/theatre
203Bernardo Santiago
202Martijn DekkerUniversity of Amsterdam
201Brent BellamyMemorial University of Newfoundland
200Marie Brandeleer
199Derek Humphries
198Tine Roets
197Warren FauvelNudjed
196filip couck
195Aubrey AllegrettiJournalist
194Ross BaileyWaterAid
193Rémi KauppWaterAid
192Maia KellyStudents against TTIP UK
191Carsten VoelzCOO, SOS Children's Villages International
190Benedict HoefnagelsLight For The World
189Andy Brown
188Marc Timmerman
187Keegan Longueiraprivate
186Kessas safiartbf
185Dan del Villano
184Jerry MichalskiREX
183Sebastian ChaskelInnovations for Poverty Action
182Stephen ShashouaYale World Fellow, interfaith
181Mary Fontaine
180Nick EubankStanford University
179Geordie FungOaktree
178Cam MackenzieFather of two daughters
177Matt Young
176Chris HildrewTeacher
175Natalie Scott
174Hannah Wilsonteacher
173Conor Heaven
172David RogersEducation
171Brett Myrdal
170Barry DwolatzkyDirector: JCSE at Wits University
169Russell PengellyComputers 4 Kids
168Francine PérinetMusée régional de Rimouski
167Scott McDonaldThe Butchart Gardens
166Martin Brennan
165Damien Stevens
164Eva DalakHIC
163Dominic O'Reilly
162Nicoletta Voltarelli
161Cameron GrayYarra City Council
160Sjoerd LeveltBilkent University
159M Gauley
158Adrian Bonenberger
157Paul LaddUN Research Institute for Social Development
156REBECA DE SANCHO MAYORALEuropean Commission
155James Turing
154Patric Tariq MelletSA-Thai Slave Heritage Reflection Centre
153Karin JamotteNone
152James Kinloch
151Lawrence JacobsonLtrain
150Adli Jacobs
149Ismail MahomedArts Theatre
148Fawn SewellEWAASI
147Chipa Maimela
146Patrick FosterWomen in Revolution NGO
145Warren Nebe Drama for Life
144Simon Fitall
143Reza BardienUBEQITY Consulting
142johanna te boekhorst
141Jeffrey GoodReal Estate for Charities
140Jill Epstein
139Weslee Lauder
138Theuns Opperman
137John McBrideMindset Network
136James FarrellQueensland Association of Independent Legal Services
135Bethlehem Mengistu WaterAid
134Neslihan Ozgunes
133Felix Arias
132Gordon AdamsStimson Center
131Phillip Walker
130Guy DukeThe University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
129Mio Alter
128Toby Blume
127Carol Zou
126Don AntonGriffith University Law School
125Andrew ReinhardAmerican Numismatic Society
124Alexandre Corriveau-BourqueNorwegian Refugee Council
123Ben EdwardsThe Urban Institute
122Alex SchneiderStudent
121Carlo CilibertoIstituto Italiano di Tecnologia
120Lee CrawfurdCGD
119Gurvinder Sidhu
118Anne Roemer-MahlerUniversity of Sussex
117Claudia de Castro CaldeirinhaDirector of Fairconsultancy Brussels
116Guillaume KrollEvidence Action
115andrea klein
114Hasbeemasputra Abu BakarMental Health Coalition of Penang
113Jamie Arpin-Ricci
112Jennifer HeppelPatriot League
111Hans ZomerDOCHAS
110Nicolò Wojewoda350.org
109Rupert SimonsDirector, Publish What You Fund
108David RothkopfForeign Policy
107Javier PadillaAndalusian Health Service, Seville.
106Kallur S MuraliIDRC
105David McNairThe ONE Campaign
104Desi McKeownThe Deanes School
103Brett HouseChief Economist, Alignvest Investment Management
102William HeathMydex
101Duncan GreenOxfam and LSE
100Scott GilmoreBuilding Markets
99Jamie DrummondONE Campaign
98Danny ChiversAuthor
97Raúl Calvo RicoCastilla La Mancha Health Service
96Simon BurrallInvolve
95Ben Jackson
94Mark Sewards
93Ian McClellandBond
92Fabrizio TediosiSwiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
91Brian ColeBerklee, Valencia Campus
90Gerry Norton
89Tony Norbury norburywirral councillor
88Bruce CampbellCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
87Ciaran NorrisBond - UK NGO Network
86Elena García MañesUniversidad Complutense de Madrid
85Alvin WongAssociation of Women for Action and Research (Singapore)
84Matthew Greenfield
83Hannah LeeCARE Australia
82Casey StegmanUNC Chapel Hill
81Giselle Carino IPPFWHR
80Melissa BaniganThe Advice Project (USA)
79Dennis ClementsDuke Global Health Institute
78Dave HendersonNational CSO in New Zealand
77Raul GuerequeLos Angeles Community College District
76Barry KushnerLabour Councillor
75Matt Garlick
74Paul LynchSt Helens MB Council/ The Labour Party
73Conal DevittLabour
72Nick SmallAssistant Mayor of Liverpool
71Scott PaulOxfam
70Nikhil Patil
69Andrew Leaver-FayUniversity of North Carolina
68Matthew Patrick
67Paul AmannWorkers' Educational Association
66Gavin YameyProfessor of the Practice of Global Health & Public Policy Associate Director for Policy Duke Global Health Institute
65Michael O’DonnellBOND
64Dana HovigThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
63Christian SiefkesKeimform Blog (http://keimform.de/) and Liquid Democracy Association (https://liqd.net/en/)
62John ArmstrongAUT
61Martin SiefkesTechnische Universität Chemnitz
60Gregor Maxwell
59Emanuel SouvairanJoint IDP Profiling Service & University of Sciences Po
58Daniel HaleWomen’s Rights Campaign Manager, ActionAid UK
57Josh PowellDevelopment Gateway
56Phil BloomerExecutive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
55Ian ShapiroHead of Private Sector Department Department for International Development
54Andy JonesRadio Film
53Wayne MasonCouncillor District 7, Halifax Nova Scotia
52Massimo DianaHead UN Resident Coordinator Office Nepal
51Heather Lanthorn3ie and Harvard School of Public Health
50Harry PalmierEGFAR
49Alexis Morgan
48Tim HughesInvolve
47Stephen Frost
46Luke HarmanChristian Aid
45John O'Keefe
44Graydon JamesThe Young Novelists
43Luke CanavanBOND
42Tim Shorten
41Thomas BolsinBOND
40Matt StockdaleLink Ethiopia (www.linkethiopia.org)
39Oscar Franklin
38Kevin DoneganSenior Campaign Development Manager Greenpeace International
37George GrahamHead of Conflict and Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children UK
36Patrick LeblondUniversity of Ottawa
35Tom BakerHead of Campaigns and Engagement – Bond – UK
34Kieran O’ConnorSenior Lecturer in Graphic Design Kingston University; Creative Director BOB
33Finn WilliamsUrban Designer Common Office / Greater London Authority / Royal College of Art
32Shane BartlettCountry Director Educat Rwanda
31Neil LancastleDe Montfort University, Leicester
30Gary P
29Craig KeenProfessor of Systematic Theology at Azusa Pacific University.
28Benn SimmsTHET
27Richard PickardUniversity of Victoria
26Scott TaylorBirmingham University
25Kevin Smith
24Danny ChiversAuthor of the No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change and the No-Nonsense Guide to Renewable Energy
23Jon Shepherd
22Brendan BrowneVP of Talent Acquisition at LinkedIn
21Niklaus GrunwaldOregon State University
20Angela AdrarExecutive Director, Ecohermanas
19Michael Johnstone
18Rodrigo Gutiérrez FernándezPhysician. Health and Social Affairs Department Castilla-La Mancha
17Raúl CalvoPhysician.Castilla La Mancha Health Service.
16Rashmi Kiran Shrestha
15K S MuraliIDRC
14Chanda Gurung GoodrichICIMOD
13Paul LuuCGIAR
12Mark HoldernessGlobal Forum on Agricultural Research
11Jean-Louis SarbibDevelopment Gateway
10Frank RijsbermanCGIAR
9Nathaniel Heller
8Ned BreslinWater for People
7Noam Unger
6Desi McKeown
5Damien WilliamsUniversity of St Andrews
4Chris WillsChair, LGBT Labour in the North West
3Sean MacGregorStudent at Liverpool John Moores and member of Liverpool Young Labour.
2Tim WainwrightCEO ADD International & chair of BOND
1Owen BarderCenter for Global Development


Another list of people who have made the same commitment: www.manpanels.org

 Coverage and Inspiration

Last year, six leading Washington think tanks presented more than 150 events on the Middle East that included not a single woman speaker. Fewer than one-quarter of all the speakers at the 232 events at those think tanks recorded in our newly compiled data-set were women.

The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates – Tamara Cofman Wittes and Marc Lynch, Washington Post Money Cage, January 20th 2015

Because I believe you cannot conduct constructive discourse on international issues without the participation of women, I recently decided not to speak on any panels that did not include women. I’m not writing this to seek a pat on the back. But because any discussion that does not include women’s perspectives or that reflexively excludes or fails to seek out the women who are leaders in their fields in virtually any and every subject on this agenda will be deeply inadequate and will only compound distortions of gender bias that exist because of our long history of systematic exclusion of women’s views. I’d much rather participate in discussions where the organizers actually demonstrate that they are committed to producing the best possible work product.

“Still waiting for Davos Woman”
 by David Rothkopf, FP Magazine, January 22nd, 2015

I often attend panels or discussions dominated by men, especially in technology. This is problematic since it sends the signal that only men have the expertise in their given field. To their credit, some men are initiating change.

Three Ways To Change The Ratio of Women Receiving VC – Leah Eichler, Inc Website, November 10th 2014

There is no topic that cannot be discussed by women. There is no circumstance that would prevent one from inviting women. There is simply no rational excuse for excluding women. And, if you are invited to join a panel with no women, you must conclude it is being organized by fools.

Why I will no longer speak on all-male panels – Scott Gilmore, Macleans, October 4th, 2014

106 comments on “The Pledge – I will not be part of male-only panels”

  1. So many rumblings surrounding this issue, must become loud and must have awareness-raising at the heart of their goals. Attempts at gender conscious programming are weak at best, as are efforts which consider other diversity issues on panels, etc.

    This is a solid pledge. Thank you.

  2. This is a fantastic pledge, and I hope it generates real change in the way conference organizers (and all kinds of organizers!) think and plan their events. Credit to those who already do — thank you!

  3. Leah Eichler stated in Nvember 2014 that he ” often attend panels or discussions dominated by men, especially in technology. This is problematic since it sends the signal that only men have the expertise in their given field. To their credit, some men are initiating change.”

    And it is correc that gender is the balanced and equitable sharing of responsibilities between me n and women and one still don’t see how his could happe n still today without some sort of affirmative action and positive discrimination today in favor of women in many sectors where they are yet left behind .

    The Pledge advocating for more balanced meetings/panel discussions etc is certainly a good initiative to support

    With kind regards

    Hp

  4. Just a simple idea that may change our global behaviour in the near future. It should be easy to find women for panel as they are more numerous on earth than we are …
    Thank you for the initiative.

  5. Using our power to address the biases that have given us that power in the first place. I like it.

    Would you pledge to require that there be at least one female candidate for the next top job you get recruited for?

  6. I think it’s a great idea to encourage diversity in all public discourse, but I’m surprised and disappointed in the exclusionary language of this pledge. The posts on this site go out of their way to say that there is no subject about which women cannot speak…that is certainly very true…and that there should never be a public panel discussion without a healthy ratio of females…but when it actually declares the pledge, it says nothing about all woman panels. In the interest of true equality, shouldn’t it encourage that people abstain from any panel that excludes either gender? It is true that there is no subject that could not benefit from a woman’s perspective, but is the opposite not also true?

    1. @@ Because there are so very many all-women panels that are not about how to succeed in business despite discrimination against women. If you actually bother to look, and I don’t think you have, you’ll find that academic panels discussing women’s-studies/gender issues generally do have men on them.

      Because the women are already conscious of this issue and take it seriously.

  7. Well… that’s a good start, but you’ve set us up now for tokenism. I’d suggest bumping it to two women, Bechdel-like. You know, where the question’s whether a movie’s got two women, with names, who at any point in the  movie have a conversation without a man around, about something other than a man.

  8. I’m in

    Andy Jones

    Radio Film

     

    and if you haven’t watched this already, powerful story from Theo Sowa  http://www.global1.youth-leader.org/2012/05/theo-sowa-at-tedxchange-africas-new-great-women%E2%80%99s-voices/

  9. Good stuff. Practical. And certain to lead to better conferences.

    I’m in.

    Ian Shapiro

    Head of Private Sector Department

    Department for International Development

     

  10. I am in support of this – and please do sign me up – but note that an end to all-male panels doesn’t just mean proper representation of women, it means proper representation for trans people too. So I’d prefer to see this pledge worded as “At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one non-male panel member, not including the Chair.” Also, “We believe that public discourse would be improved by better representation of all genders.”

    Any chance of changing the wording in that way? It would keep the same meaning for the pledge without excluding a large swathe of people who are even more disproportionately under-represented than women at these kinds of events.

    Danny Chivers

    Author of the No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change and the No-Nonsense Guide to Renewable Energy

  11. How is this pledge being enforced? I’m at a conference not only attended, but ORGANIZED by one of the individuals on this pledge list. Opening panel – all white European men.

  12. It seems frightening to me, abandoning the meritocratic approach to debates. Shouldn’t we find the best people for the job, regardless of gender? Rather than arbitrarily deciding, that having both sexes on every panel automatically makes it better?

    1. Morty – I don’t regard this as abandoning the meritocratic approach to debates. I regard it as considering the qualities needed for the panel as a whole, rather than considering each panel member separately. Just as management teams are better when they are diverse, debates and ideas are better when they are exposed to diverse viewpoints. We will have more and better ideas when we open our debates to more diversity.

  13. Inclusion and gender balance, are the beginning, not the end of addressing gender inequality.

    I believe that public discourse would be improved by better representation of all genders. At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one non-male panel member, not including the Chair.

    Shane Bartlett
    Country Director
    Educat Rwanda
    http://www.educat.dk

  14. This is a superb idea, and I would like to sign the pledge.  Please do add my name.

    Gavin Yamey

    Professor of the Practice of Global Health & Public Policy

    Associate Director for Policy

    Duke Global Health Institute

     

  15. thanks Owen – i’m definitely in, but would also like to encourage broader diversity in all panels, discussions, workshops – everything. pale male panels need to make way for the inclusion of all voices, but particularly those who can best represent the topic at hand; and in our work, that means more voices from the global south, male and female.

    1. Peter

       

      Thanks. I agree with all of this apart from one small word: “but”.  You mean “and”, right? I can’t see any implied contradiction between what you say here and the pledge above.

       

      Owen

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