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25 Sep 2019

New ASOIF Diversity and Gender Equality Consultative Group takes up work

The first meeting of ASOIF’s new Consultative Group on Diversity and Gender Equality (ADGEG) took place in Lausanne on 25 September 2019. Led by Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and Chair of the IOC’s Gender Equality Review Project.

The group agreed to support initiatives aimed at widening diversity and improving gender balance in the administration and leadership of ASOIF Members.

The establishment of ADGEG was approved by the ASOIF General Assembly in May 2019. It demonstrates a follow-up action of the recommendations of the IOC’s Gender Equality Review Project which were developed to strengthen gender equality across the Olympic Movement, with International Federations (IFs) having an important role to play.  In today’s meeting concrete steps were discussed on how to extend the membership of the group and create a gender balance.

Marisol Casado said during the meeting: “Our group will streamline expertise and offer concrete solutions to IFs on matters related to gender balance, diversity principles and inclusion. It’s really time to address these fields more efficiently. They are all closely linked to governance.” She added: “We will challenge stereotypes, but in a productive way and with the objective of providing equal opportunities for everyone.”

Gender balance in governing bodies, anti-discrimination policies and resource allocation to Paralympic /disability discipline(s) are also themes covered in ASOIF’s regular governance review of its member federations. The third round will kick off in November, with the results to be presented during the next General Assembly in April 2020.

Together with the IOC, ASOIF also organises the annual IF Gender Equality Forum, which aims to increase female leadership in sport governing bodies. In the future, ADGEG will play an instrumental role in preparing the Forum.

Click here to learn more about ADGEG’s mandate and the composition of the group.