equality & SPORT action plan

Led by ENGSO Equality Within Sport (EWS) Committee

ENGSO has been a frontrunner in pushing for equality in and through sport for decades, building networks and projects, and organising events that promote equality and advocate for European sport policy that supports the efforts of the sports movement in reaching equality.

To ensure a strong commitment to reaching these objectives, the Equality Within Sport (EWS) Committee was created as a hub of expertise on equality. The mission of EWS is to activate and inspire European sport organisations to act on equality, through active advocacy work, education and awareness-raising, strengthening cooperation with ENGSO member organisations and other sport bodies. EWS advocates that everyone can (should!) practise sport safely and freely by promoting opportunities in all levels and sectors of sport. Only by reaching equality, we can use the full potential in sport.

With the objective of accomplishing this mission, ENGSO initiated a new Sport and Equality Action Plan. This plan has several phases and will be implemented thanks to the joint effort of all ENGSO bodies and members led by EWS.

2024-25 EWS Committee members

Chair: Tarja Krum,
Finnish Olympic Committee

Sarah Townsend,
European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation

Andreas Katsaros,
Hellenic Paralympic Committee

Rejhan Halili,
Kosovo Olympic Committee

Ivana Samija,
Croatian Olympic Committee

Alessia de Iulis,

2024 Key actions


Online seminar: Every woman is welcome in sport – are they?

The policy-implementation gap. Women are not a homogenous group. And are sport federations ready to change? These were the key takeaways from the “Every woman is welcome in sport webinar – are they” which took place on 4 March 2024.
The webinar also marked the kick off the GAP Women project #Women’s Day campaign, presented the main learnings from EWS 2023 research and shared the “Change readiness” research and good practices from the CHANGE project.  

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International Women’s Day 2024

ENGSO Office Director Marie Denitton moderating a panel at EPAS Breakfast Roundtable on sport officiating and gender equality: read news.

ENGSO Secretary General Sara Massini at the GAMES project final conference: read news




UNESCO’s Policy Roundtable “Towards a Safer Playing Field – Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in Sport”

ENGSO EWS Committee member Sarah Townsend participated in the UNESCO Policy Roundtable “Towards a Safer Playing Field – Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in Sport” which took place on 5 April 2024, in Paris, France.

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European Summit on Gender Equality and Diversity in Sport
The European Summit on Gender Equality and Diversity in Sport was held in Brussels, on 18 April 2024, organised by the ENGSO member Opes International within the framework of the project Sport and Equality which is co-founded by the European Commission. The main aim of the event was to coordinate the efforts in Europe in the field of gender equality and diversity in sport focusing on the implementation of the EU strategies on LGBTQI+ and gender equality.

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