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Sport is one of the most powerful platforms for promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls. As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC is taking continuous action to advance gender equality. Great progress has been made in terms of balancing the total number of athletes participating at the Games, however, there are still many challenges and gaps that remain. The IOC is working to address these inequalities through leadership development, advocacy and awareness campaigns, and appointing more women to leadership roles within the administration and key governance positions. Together with many Olympic Movement stakeholders, the IOC has also implemented significant gender equality initiatives so that girls and women around the world are given greater access and opportunity to participate in sport.


In 2017, the IOC launched a comprehensive review of the current state of gender equality in the Olympic Movement, with a mandate to produce action-oriented recommendations for change resulting in the IOC Gender Equality Review Project (2018) which outlines 25 practical, actionable and inspiring recommendations to promote and strengthen gender equality at all levels of sport across the Olympic Movement.

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The IOC actively raises awareness and advocates for gender equality, equal opportunities and empowerment of women and girls in and through sport worldwide.

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The IOC provides governance and career tools including leadership development to help the Olympic Movement achieve its gender-equality goals. It also connects advocates advancing gender equality in sport to network and share best practices.

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Harassment and abuse have no place in sport, nor in society. As an advocate for safe sport, the IOC has several Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport (PHAS) initiatives in place, including clear measures for the Olympic and Youth Olympics Games.

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