The Champions of Change Coalition is a globally recognised, innovative strategy for achieving gender equality, advancing more and diverse women in leadership, and building respectful and inclusive workplaces. In the strategy, men of power and influence step up beside women leaders. They form a high-profile Coalition to lead and be accountable for change on gender equality issues in their organisations and communities – be they local, national or global.
Members cover every major sector of the economy and include representatives from business, government, community, academic and not-for-profit organisations.
Formally engaging leaders, especially those with the power to drive change, is critical to address the systemic and societal issues relating to gender equality. Our Members recognise that gender inequality is a business, economic, social and human rights issue.
The work of the Coalition focuses on shifting the systems of gender inequality in the workplace and is backed by a proven methodology for increasing the representation of women in organisations and developing the conditions and cultures that enable them to thrive. Many of the actions developed and implemented as part of the strategy are now globally accepted standards for organisations wishing to become employers of choice for all.
The strategy engages Members as ‘champions’ not because they are perfect, but because they publicly commit to leading practical, constructive and disruptive actions to accelerate change.
The Champions of Change Coalition is the new name for the Male Champions of Change (MCC) strategy established in 2010 by then Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, in response to the lack of women in leadership in Australia and a glacial pace of change on gender equality.
The Founding Group began with eight Australian business leaders and has since grown to a group of 23 CEOs, non executive directors and leaders from government, academia, and the military. New groups have also formed across different organisations, sectors, professions and geographies. The Coalition now encompasses 16 groups, amounting to over 250 leaders covering every major sector of the economy.
The strategy has gained international recognition as a high-impact model for engaging men of power and influence to drive progress on gender equality. For example, The UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment has highlighted the strategy as an opportunity for global scale-up. And since 2018, new groups have formed in Pakistan, the Philippines and across the Global Technology Sector.
As interest in the strategy developed, and the Coalition and its work expanded, Members and partners collectively agreed that the strategy had evolved to the extent that the name ‘male champions of change’ was no longer appropriate, especially as our Members were working side-by-side with many women leaders to accelerate progress.
In 2020, marking our 10th year, our Members supported a name change to: ‘Champions of Change Coalition – men stepping up beside women on gender equality’.