About Us

We are an international network of professionals advancing gender equality.

Who We Are

SGP welcomes anyone and everyone using a gender lens to analyze and create sustainable interventions for a more equitable world. Whether you identify as a practitioner, academic, activist or something completely different, if you promote gender equality through your professional practice, we encourage you to get involved with SGP.


Researchers and academics who work on issues related to gender equality often operate in silos; there is limited coordination and information-sharing between different fields of study. SGP welcomes academics from all fields, from political science and economics to anthropology, sociology, and women’s studies, to share their expertise, collaborate, and contribute to a nuanced understanding of gender norms worldwide.


By taking action to address gender inequalities, we are all activists in our own right.  With SGP, those who advocate for more equitable laws and policies, respect for human rights, and the dignity of our most underserved communities can share information, ideas, strategies, and experiences with other members to find ways to make our activist efforts more effective.


Gender advisors, consultants, project managers, applied researchers, policy analysts, aid workers, and others who work on the frontlines of programs dealing with gender norms have a deep understanding of the challenges involved in promoting gender equality and institutionalizing more equal gender norms. Practitioners often work independently or are the only source of gender expertise in their organization. SGP Practitioners offer different perspectives, information, and skill sets.

Get Involved!

Join a growing community of gender professionals around the world.


The need for gender expertise has grown exponentially since the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. That year, the world reaffirmed the urgent need to protect the human rights of women and governments committed to systematically address gender inequalities in their societies through gender mainstreaming and gender integration. Since then, Gender Specialists have been recruited by governments, companies, and nonprofit organizations to help formulate policies, design programs, evaluate activities, train, teach, and mentor.

As the field of gender expertise grows, so does our need to formalize, organize, and standardize the profession. No professional associations currently exist for individuals whose careers revolve around gender-related research and practice. As new Gender Specialists enter the field, they often lack resources, networks, mentors, training, frameworks, and access to research, as well an intergenerational understanding of gender expertise.

We started SGP to meet our urgent professional needs as well as to connect, learn, and work together to answer pressing social equity questions in our communities.

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Dr. Kristy Kelly (She/Her)

Former Co-President

Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social change in Southeast Asia. She is currently assistant clinical professor of global and international education at Drexel University and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Kristy teaches courses on gender mainstreaming, education diplomacy, gender and development in Southeast Asia and qualitative research methods. She has published on gender and education leadership, gender mainstreaming policy, gender and corruption, and post-socialist transition in Vietnam. She also consults and advises on gender and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations such as UNESCO, The Asia Foundation, and Transparency International in Asia and Africa. Kristy serves as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.