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12 Apr 2019

IF gender equality experts discuss implementation of IOC recommendations

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Today, participants at the 4th IF Gender Equality Forum in Lausanne took an important step towards the shared goal of boosting gender equality in the Olympic Movement, with comprehensive discussions and the exchange of best practices.

Fifty International Federation (IF) representatives in charge of gender equality and inclusion in their respective Summer and Winter IFs collaborated and exchanged concrete mechanisms to implement effectively the IOC Gender Equality Recommendations, which were released last year.

Funding allocations, mechanisms to increase the pipeline of women for decision-making positions, governance, tracking and monitoring, coaches and technical officials at the Games and the collaboration between IFs, National Federations (NFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were the main topics discussed at the Forum. Co-organised by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and, for the first time the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), the Forum provided an important opportunity to work towards gender parity in sport, as highlighted by ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti on the occasion of the event:

“We want to do more than just scratch the surface, we want to encourage in-depth discussions” said the ASOIF President. He added: “For years we have been talking about the urgency to advance gender equality on and off the pitch. And there has been some progress, but we are all aware change does not come easily. The IOC’s recommendations provide an instrument to the entire Olympic Movement to work with. They are very practical and have been set up in close consultation with all key stakeholders, including the IFs.”

The recommendations are part of the Gender Equality Review Project, developed to strengthen gender equality across the Olympic Movement. Since last year’s Forum, several IFs have reviewed their own organisation to address the gender gap across the different problem areas.

The IOC presented the results of the IF Gender Equality survey conducted at the end of last year, which assessed how the IFs are advancing on gender equality and served as a basis for the discussions that were held today.

All participants were able to exchange and share the progress made since last year’s Forum and share concrete challenges they had overcome or needed help with. In addition to table discussions, participants received from the IOC a thorough update on the status of implementation by the IOC of the Gender Equality Review Project recommendations.

This fourth edition of the IF Gender Equality Forum was a successful step in the right direction, giving the IFs and the IOC a platform to develop and share solutions. The lessons learnt by the IFs during the Forum will help them to work on concrete action plans across all the areas addressed by the IOC Gender Equality Recommendations, customised to the individual context of their federation.

Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and ASOIF Council member, concluded: “The forum today provided a good opportunity for IFs to share insights and discuss the mechanisms needed to implement positive change in their respective organisations.”

Read the full IOC news story here.