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Since the creation of the Women in Sport policy, the IOC has launched initiatives on the ground with the aim to give greater visibility to women and sport issues and to encourage the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), Continental Associations, International and National Federations to step up their work in this area. From regional seminars and workshops to training courses helping women develop leadership skills, the IOC hopes to increase women’s representation at the highest ranks of the Olympic Movement.

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An IOC LinkedIn community group has been created for individuals working in the Olympic movement who are committed to closing the gender gap in sport. The group is a place to share best practices, success stories, lesson learned, news and events, and fosters a solutions-based approach to achieving gender equality both on and off the field of play. The group has already gathered more than 1000 like-minded individuals, all working to advance gender equality in sport.

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Since 2015, the International Olympic Committee and International Federations (IFs) have participated in an annual forum with a view to closing the gender gap on and off the field of play. With the 5th IF Gender Equality Forum cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of six online sessions were held, hosted by the IOC in collaboration with the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations and the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations. By sharing examples of concrete initiatives, the series aimed to encourage and support IFs in embracing change and implementing action plans to address gender equality in sport. The webinars are available online, with the following topics covered:
- leadership (governance, coaches and technical officials),
- safeguarding, and removing gender bias from all aspects of portrayal


Olympic Solidarity offers National Olympic Committees a series of assistance programmes for athletes, young hopefuls, coaches and sports managers, and these benefit a growing number of women. More information can be found in the Olympic Solidarity section. 

IOC Gender Equality Review Project

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. The result is the IOC Gender Equality Review Project (2018) with 25 recommendations covering areas such as participation, funding, governance and portrayal, which are focused on achieving tangible results to strengthen gender equality across the entire Olympic Movement.

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Portrayal guidelines

Sports coverage is very influential in shaping norms and stereotypes of women/girls and men/boys. In 2018, the IOC developed a set of Guidelines to raise awareness for gender balanced portrayal (i.e. how women and men are presented and described). They provide examples and good practice within the sporting context – notably in the areas of print, digital.


Safe sport

The IOC firmly believes harassment and abuse have no place in sport, nor in society, and advocates for safe sports. It has several Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport (PHAS) initiatives in place, including clear measures for the Olympic and Youth Olympics Games.

Learn more here

IOC toolkit for safeguarding athletes from harassment and abuse in sport

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