On 29 November, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) organised a workshop around the theme of “Women in Sport”. Emine Bozkurt, Chair of the Commission's High-Level Group on Gender Equality in Sport, highlighted the findings of its recent report “Towards more gender equality in sport - Recommendations and action plan from the High-Level Group on Gender Equality in sport”, which formulates recommendations across 6 thematic areas: participation, coaching, leadership, socio-economic aspects, media coverage and gender-based violence. She also promoted the Conference on Gender Equality in Sports planned by the Spanish Council Presidency during the second semester of 2023.
Afterwards, María Luisa Esteban Salvador of the University of Zaragoza presented the findings of her recent study on women in the corporate governance of national sports federations across 5 European countries. The study revealed that the number of women in leadership positions remained scarce as few federations complied with the IOC’s and EU’s recommendations, and that female presidents were more likely to preside smaller, and already gender-diverse boards.