Gender equality

Gender equality

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is concerned by the lack of women’s involvement in the decision making structures of its member sports organisations. There is a need to recognise that both men and women should be able to contribute to sport organisations with their knowledge, expertise and ideas. Accordingly, in 1996, the IOC adopted a policy that “the International Federations should immediately establish a goal that 10% of all positions in their decision-making structures be held by women by 2000, and that percentage reach at least 20% by December, 2005.”

The ICF, along with the IOC, is firmly convinced of the need for women to play a greater part in decision-making, as well as encouraging sports practice among women. However, despite some significant steps forward, there is still much work to be done. Changes to the ICF Statures address equality, all Standing Committees have at least one woman member and women are selected on all Competition Committees for World championships. Since 2010, Gender Equality Workshops have been conducted in conjunction with the ICF Congress.

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 2014 ICF Gender Equity Conference


ICF President Perurena with Chair of the ICF Women’s Commission, Helen Brownlee and members, Dr. Cecilia Farias MacDonald and Maree Burnett, at the ICF Womens Commission Meeting, Warsaw, November 2014.