Today in Lausanne (SUI), top leaders in international sport gathered for the 3rd annual IOC-IF Gender Equality in in Leadership Forum. With the aim of increasing gender balance throughout international sports, the 150 participants were presented with a wide array of topics.
Included in the full day forum was the presentation of the IOC Gender Equality Review Project recommendations, which includes 25 areas of focus to promote gender quality across international sports, introduced by IOC President Thomas Bach.
Three interactive panel sessions stimulated much discussion with the themes of the Electoral Process, Gender Equal portrayal in the media, including females in meaningful decision-making roles, as well as useful best practice examples within the International Federations and their member National Associations.
FIS was represented by two of its female leadership and management, FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis and Communications Manager Jenny Wiedeke.
The upcoming developments within the FIS disciplines were greeted positively, notably Ski Jumping which will feature both ladies and men together at many of the World Cup events from 2018/2019. Similarly the first Nordic Combined Continental Cup and Junior World Championship test event, its inclusion on the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 programme and upcoming candidacy for the Beijing 2022 Games were highly welcomed.