EWS focuses on gender equality, especially in leadership and participation, however, it is important to consider other equality areas as well, as different types of discrimination – like racism, homophobia and ableism – combine to prevent some women and girls from participating in sport.
About Sport for Equality action plan
2023 Action-Plan for Equality in Sport
SPORT FOR EQUALITY
In 2023, the participation of LGBTQI+ people in sport with focus on LBTQI+ women, is one of the key themes the action plan researchs and promotes
2023 KEY ACTIONS
LGBTQI+ participation and representation in sport: the good practices that make a difference
Part of the #StandUp4Equality, this collection of good practice focuses on the fight against LGBTQI+ discriminations. It has been conceived to bring useful inspiration for sport organizations and policy makers to continue working on equality in sport.
Webinar: LGBTQI+ community – participation and experiences in sport
This online seminar presented the main findings of the research on the state of equality within the European sport sector commissioned by the EWS as part of the 2022 ENGSO Action Plan for Equality, with Sallie Barker (EWS Chair), Floriane Poncet-Rief (ENGSO Project and Equality Officer), and Tarja Krum (Sustainable Manager at the Swedish Sports Organisation in Finland, EWS member). The main findings were discussed with Liam Strasser (Specialist for gender diversity in sport at 100% SPORT – Austrian Center of Excellence for Gender Equality & SAFE SPORT, EWS member), and Noemí Fluixa (EGLSF board member).
The aim of the study was to collect up-to-date data that correlate with topics related to the LGBTQI+ community and its participation in sport
Beginning of the study: LBTQI+ Women in Sport
The results of the 2022 research commissioned by the EWS Committee clearly showed a lack of data on the participation of LBTQI+ women in sport in Europe. This year, a research is conducted on the status of equality within sport to deepen the knowledge acquired on LGBTQI+ athletes and coaches while focusing on the intersectionality aspect of the LGBTQI+ community in Europe. Data will be collected via LGBTQI+ networks in Europe, and during several sport events (European Youth and Sport Platform, EuroGames).
Training for equality & diversity
To improve knowledge and understanding on the importance of diversity in sport, ENGSO and ENGSO Youth staff have tested and evaluated a diversity training programme. This has been recently developed by ENGSO and ENGSO EWS. to icrease awareness around topics such as social structures and privileges that can help sport organisations to develop a more welcoming, inclusive and diverse environment.
Celebrating European women in sport: online seminar
To honour and celebrate the women in sport, ENGSO Equality Within Sport Committee (EWS) organised an online seminar on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023, to discuss the history and the work of the European Women in Sport, their past, present and challenges ahead. The seminar was hosted by the current EWS Chair Sallie Barker who welcomed former chairs of the Committee: Birgitta Kervinen, Amanda Bennett and Anita White.
Equality Highlights at the ENGSO General Assembly
Sport for equality was at the agenda of the ENGSO General Assembly with the organisation of a session on “Equality, Diversity and Disabilities”, led by EWS member Jen Browning (UK Sport), the presentation of the newly adopted Position Paper on Gender Equality during the Member Seminar, and the work on the equality chapter of the new ENGSO Policy Programme. It was also the opportunities for the EWS committee to evaluate the implementation of their 2023 roadmap and intensify the work to coordinating efforts in Europe to advocate and reach gender equality in grassroots sport.