Women in sport take centre stage at European Parliament at International Women's Day Celebration

Women in sport take centre stage at European Parliament at International Women's Day Celebration

In the context of the International Women’s Day´s celebrations on 12 March in the plenary session of the European Parliament, Ivana Andrés and Alba Redondo from the Spanish women’s national football team, had the opportunity to reiterate the responsibility of policy makers to make to sports more inclusive and equal. The two athletes called for education through sport as a key facilitator for a fairer society and highlighted the necessity of role models in sports (ie. women athletes) to overcome obstacles posed by gender inequalities, which especially persist in media coverage, sponsorship and pay – or in gender-based violence that has been witnessed during the 2023 Women´s World Cup. President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola and MEPs from various political groups stated that such issues need to be addressed through cultural and structural changes and through the enhanced representation of women at the decision-making levels in (sport) governing bodies and institutions. Meanwhile, Stefania Zambelli (EPP) questioned the European Commission regarding its approach to eradicate systematic discrimination and inequality of women in sport. The written answer is pending.The EOC EU Office commits to supporting its partners in implementing their gender equality strategies at the national level with the GAMES project, thanks to which 8 European NOCs could elaborate their tailor-made action plan to enhance women´s representation in sports leadership.

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