NTI Celebrates One Year of Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy

Washington, D.C.
– One year after its launch, Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP), a
leadership network in nuclear policy committed to breaking down gender barriers
and making gender equality a working reality, announced today that it has
received commitments from 42 organizations around the world.

“We are thrilled with the response and the commitment
to increase the presence, voice, and impact of women in the nuclear policy
community,” said NTI Vice President Laura Holgate, a GCNP founder. “That said,
there is still a long way to go before women are adequately represented in the
nuclear policy arena.”

The GCNP, founded on Nov. 14, 2018 by Holgate and Michelle
Dover of the Ploughshares Fund, asks leaders of organizations whose mission
includes nuclear policy to become “Gender Champions” by signing a Panel Parity
Pledge to avoid whenever possible appearing on single-sex panels. Gender
Champions additionally devise three individualized “SMART” (Specific,
Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) commitments tailored to the
specific needs and activities of their organization. To date, Champions have
made 140 such commitments, ranging from pledging to pay employees equally regardless
of gender to establishing paid internship programs to bringing gender diversity
to their boards of directors.

NTI Co-Chair and CEO Ernest J. Moniz, a Gender
Champion, hailed the progress the GCNP has made in just one year. “In nuclear
policy, as in all fields, we need more women at the table,” Moniz said.
“Diversity of experience fosters innovative solutions to today’s pressing
security challenges. I know that vigilance is the key to success, and I look
forward to keeping our commitments going forward.”

NTI joined GCNP the day it was launched and committed

  • Work over five years to sustain or enhance gender
    diversity in its leadership team and staff, Board of Directors, and symposia
    and seminar presented
  • Update, within six months, its policies and procedures
    to ensure that they promote gender equity within the workforce
  • Conduct annual training focused on promoting respect
    for diversity within the workplace.

“We have made important strides diversifying our board,
and we are more mindful about including women’s voices at all levels across our
organization and in the way we present ourselves to the world,” said NTI
President and COO Joan Rohlfing. “There is work to be done across our field and
I anticipate important progress moving forward. I am proud to be a part of
Gender Champions and congratulate the organizers and all participants on a
successful first year.”

For more information
about Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, visit or contact Jack
Brosnan at
[email protected]

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