Laura S. H. Holgate Ambassador (ret.)
Vice President, Materials Risk Management
The lack of gender parity and inclusion across the nuclear policy field constrains critical dialogues and weakens initiatives meant to reduce the worst existential threats facing humanity. By excluding and minimizing female voices, the nuclear policy community deprives itself of talented experts and promotes groupthink.
Create a cross-cutting leadership network that brings together heads of organizations across all pillars of the nuclear policy community, recruiting them to commit to “SMARTIE” (Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Relevant, Time-bound, Inclusive, Equitable) pledges that promote and foster women in the workplace.
Increased presence, voice, and impact of women in the nuclear policy community.
Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP) is a leadership network in nuclear policy committed to breaking down gender barriers and making gender equality a working reality. Created in 2018 by NTI’s Laura Holgate and Ploughshares Fund’s Michelle Dover, GCNP asks leaders of organizations whose mission includes nuclear policy to become “Gender Champions” by signing the Panel Parity Pledge to avoid whenever possible appearing on single-sex panels. Gender Champions additionally devise three individualized “SMART” commitments tailored to the specific needs and activities of their organization. Uniquely designed to advance gender equality within their given organization, these commitments pertain to new or ongoing work to achieve gender equality in an organization and its activites Commitments and the progress in meeting them are made public on the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy website.
While prospective Champions have access to a list of sample pledges, Gender Champions are encouraged to design their own pledges to fit the needs of their organizations. Among current Champions, some have committed to increase by 10% the number of grants their organization gives to women-led projects; others have promised to hold annual training for gender-bias awareness.
Gender Champions are expected to adhere to GCNP’s values, including:
Are you ready to take the Panel Parity Pledge? Contact us here.
Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a project of NTI, was successful in maintaining progress to advance gender equity , a new report finds.
Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a project of NTI, was successful in maintaining progress to advance gender equity during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report released today finds.
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GCNP increased its membership by 50 percent in its second year, bring to 64 the number of organizations.
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Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy released its first Impact Report, measuring progress made during its first year in advancing gender equity in the nuclear policy field.
One year after its launch,GCNP announced today that it has received commitments from 42 organizations around the world.